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Rutherford Hayes’ Secret Oath

The election of 1876 was one of the most rancorous, divisive and probably corrupt in American history.             Oddly Enough… Both Governor Rutherford Hayes (R-OH) and Governor Samuel Tilden (D-NY) were honest, decent men, albeit … Continue reading

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President Grant and the First State Dinner

The first sovereign of a foreign country to be hosted at a White House State Dinner was the King of the Sandwich Islands – in 1874. State Dinners From the beginning of the United States as a nation, elegant dining … Continue reading

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Sarah Polk’s Memoirs

First Lady Sarah Childress Polk lived to be nearly ninety. Miss Childress of Tennessee Sarah Childress (1803-1891) was born to a comfortable Murfreesboro, Tennessee family, not long after it had joined the Union. Her Presbyterian father was a planter and … Continue reading

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Julia Tyler’s Premonition

Julia Gardiner Tyler spent only seven months as First Lady; then she went to live in Virginia. JGT: The Young Wife Julia Gardiner (1820-1889) was only 24 when she married sitting President John Tyler, a recent widower.  At 54, Tyler … Continue reading

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The Death of Tad Lincoln

Tad Lincoln had just turned 18 when he died. Tad in Springfield, IL Thomas Lincoln, (1853-1871) named for his paternal grandfather, was called Tad from the outset.  It was a hard birth, and Tad was born with a cleft palate … Continue reading

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William McKinley: The Sneezing Fit

President William McKinley was a genial and popular man. He had a long list of personal friends. William McK: Mister Nice Guy William McKinley (1843-1901) was a nice fellow – and a good fellow. At 18, he enlisted in the … Continue reading

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Harriet Lane and the James Buchanan Statue

James Buchanan has been the cellar dweller among Presidents for more than 150 years. JB: The Balance Sheet The asset side. Pennsylvania’s James Buchanan (1791-1868) came to the presidency in 1857 with a forty-plus-year resume of solid achievement: successful attorney, … Continue reading

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