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James Monroe: The Hats Story

James Monroe came to office with more executive, legislative and diplomatic experience than any previous POTUS. JM: The Fellow In A Tricorn James Monroe (1758-1831) was the last of the Virginia Triumvirate: three-in-a-row two-term Presidents serving between 1800-1824. Born in … Continue reading

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John Quincy Adams: The Homecoming

John Quincy Adams spent the most part of his youth in Europe. The Continental Education When John Adams sailed to Europe in 1778 as a diplomatic envoy from the new United States, he brought his 10-year-old son John Quincy with … Continue reading

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The Death of FLOTUS Caroline Harrison

The election of 1892 was another Presidential rematch. The Rematch Election Sitting Republican President Benjamin Harrison was poised to seek a second term – against Democratic ex-President Grover Cleveland, who held the position from 1885-9. Grover Cleveland was generally well … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Ball

The mood of the country was vastly different in 1865 than in 1861. The Difference Being… …(at least in general essence), that in 1861, the country was nervous and frightened. Several Southern states already seceded, and the tensions at South … Continue reading

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Traveling With Lady Washington

Martha Washington was a homebody, and never liked to travel. Traveling: 18th Century Style If Martha Washington disliked traveling, and actually was afraid of it, she had reasons. Travelers had limited options: foot, animal, vehicle-and-animal. If water crossing was included, … Continue reading

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Frances Cleveland: The Wedding Gown

Grover Cleveland came to the White House with a secret. Grover Cleveland’s Secret    At 49 years old, Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) was a lifelong bachelor. Nearly 300-pounds on his 5’9” frame, he was the heaviest President up to that time … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Theodore Roosevelt knew the power of conceptual spot-on images and phrases. TR: The Social Conscience Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was born into a socially conscious family. They were prominent and wealthy, with a strong sense of noblesse oblige. Roosevelt Senior served … Continue reading

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Grace Coolidge at the Confluence

No one could have been more surprised by the 1920 Republican convention than Grace Goodhue Coolidge. The Beginning of Fame The nomination of Warren G. Harding was a surprise to the country. Choosing a Vice Presidential candidate was an afterthought. … Continue reading

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James Madison and the Secret Convention

James Madison has always been designated The Father of the Constitution. James Madison: A Brief Run-Up James Madison (1751-1836) was the eldest son of a well-to-do planting family in central Virginia. Slight of stature (between 5’1 and 5’6” depending on … Continue reading

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James Knox Polk’s Delicate Operation

In the early 19th century, any surgery was always dangerous. Young Polk Born in 1795 in North Carolina, James Knox Polk was the oldest of ten children born to a middle-class North Carolina family. They moved to Tennessee when Polk … Continue reading

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