Tag Archives: American history

Presidents and Christmas Trees

A “traditional” Christmas tree, one that is brought indoors and decorated, is a German custom. The Early Trees While a Christmas tree of sorts has been around since pagan times, beginning in the early nineteenth century, it became a popular … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt: Asthmatic

Theodore Roosevelt could arguably be the poster boy for asthmatic children. Asthma In General: Today Asthma is a medical condition that affects the lungs and airways, making breathing difficult. It can vary between a mild, occasional and annoying problem, or, … Continue reading

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The First Ladies and the Doorman

Jerry Smith spent 35 years as a White House factotum, in a variety of positions. The Scant Basics About Jerry Jeremiah Smith was a free Negro, born in Anne Arundel County, MD in 1835. Very little is known of him, … Continue reading

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Andrew Johnson and Strong Drink

Just about everyone knows of Andrew Johnson’s embarrassing inauguration as Vice President The Embarrassing Inauguration But for those who don’t, the gist of it is… Republican President Lincoln had specifically requested Democrat Andrew Johnson as his running mate in 1864 … Continue reading

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President Grant and the Grant-Pops

Most historians concur that Ulysses S. Grant’s parents were a little eccentric. Grant and His Parents Jesse Root Grant (1794-1873), the father, was born in Pennsylvania and transplanted to Ohio, where he married and raised a family. He was self-educated … Continue reading

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The Bad Deal

One of life’s important lessons is playing “the hand you are dealt” the best way you can. FDR: Several Aces By the time Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) was in his thirties, the hand he was dealt – a patrician-born New … Continue reading

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Saving Mount Vernon for the Ages

Sometimes when men can’t do it, women can. Mount Vernon When George Washington died in 1799, he willed his great estate to Martha, his widow, for the remainder of her life, which was not that long. She died in early … Continue reading

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