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Dolley Madison Sends A Telegram

As “The Widow Dolley”, Mrs. Madison was the most famous woman in the country. Mrs. Madison: Dowager Washingtonian When James Madison died at 85, Dolley was 68, and still in good health. Montpelier, their Virginia plantation was failing however, due … Continue reading

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The Courtship of Bess and Harry Truman

Bess Wallace and Harry Truman courted (sort of) for nearly thirty years. Little Boy Harry and Little Girl Bess: Writing of his courtship many years after his marriage, Harry Truman said he first fell in love with Bess Wallace when … Continue reading

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FLOTUS Ellen Wilson: American Impressionist

While many First Ladies displayed some artistic gifts, Ellen Wilson was arguably the most talented. Ellen Axson: Child to Woman Ellen Axson Wilson (1860-1914) was bookended by war: Born just as the American Civil War was about to start, dying … Continue reading

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Doc Sawyer: President Harding’s Surgeon General

It isĀ  unfair to compare medical practice of a hundred or more years ago with the enormous technological changes that have occurred. Nevertheless… Charles Sawyer: Homeopath Charles E. Sawyer (1860-1924) was an Ohio homeopathic doctor of limited formal training, believing … Continue reading

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Robert Lincoln’s Secret Trip

Robert Todd Lincoln was a private man who assiduously shunned the spotlight. Robert T. Lincoln: 1865 Robert Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln, had neither of his parents’ outgoing personalities. He made friends easily enough, but he was a laid-back … Continue reading

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Mary Lincoln: The Last Sad Years

In late 1880, Mary Lincoln, no longer able to live on her own, left Europe and returned to live with her sister in Springfield, Illinois. She was sixty-one. The Widow Lincoln in Exile When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in April, … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison’s Wednesday Squeezes

It did not start out to be a major event – but it became the benchmark of Washington society for nearly two decades. Washington 1801: Martha Washington and Abigail Adams, were both in their late fifties when they became First … Continue reading

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