Tag Archives: First Lady History

George and Martha Washington: Dinner for Two

When George Washington married Martha Custis, he was a well-known personage in Virginia. Col. And Mrs. Washington For fifteen years, George Washington, former Colonel of the Virginia militia, lived in gentrified society, which included a seat in the House of … Continue reading

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Betsey Humphreys: Mary Lincoln’s Wicked Stepmother

When Mary Lincoln was seven, she and her five siblings lost their mother. The Todd Marriage…and Remarriage Robert Smith Todd (1791-1849) was 21 when he married Eliza Parker. Every indication was that it was a marriage of inclination. They liked … Continue reading

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Abigail Adams and the Inoculation Decision

Smallpox was an extremely contagious disease. The mortality rate was at least 30%. George Washington’s Decision Shortly after the battles of Lexington and Concord in mid-1775, George Washington, a former Colonel of the Virginia Militia and the highest ranking professional … Continue reading

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The Deception of Franklin Pierce

Some marriages are mismatches. The Pierces Franklin Pierce was 30 years old when he married in 1834. Good looking, genial and personable, he waited until he was established in his law practice, and was a sitting New Hampshire Democratic Congressman. … 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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The Hoovers Rescue Americans: 1914

When World War I began in August, 1914, Herbert and Lou Hoover were living in London’s posh Mayfair section. The Hoovers. Herbert Hoover was a 40-year old mining engineer and consultant in 1914. He had offices in six countries and … Continue reading

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