Tag Archives: President Woodrow Wilson

Herbert Hoover, Food Administrator

When World War I finally came to US shores, President Wilson summoned Herbert Hoover back home. The Hoovers: Ex-Pats For nearly twenty years, Mr. And Mrs. Herbert Hoover had lived abroad, in various and exotic locations. They didn’t even have … 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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BACK OVER THERE: A Book Review

One hundred years ago, after futilely preaching neutrality for three years, President Woodrow Wilson, exhausted of options, finally entered “the war to end all wars” so the world could be made safe for democracy. Two million young American fellows left … Continue reading

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The White House Nellie Weddings

White House Weddings Before Ulysses S. Grant was even born, there had been weddings in the White House. During James Madison’s administration, Dolley Madison’s widowed sister married her second husband, Thomas Todd. Some years later, James Monroe’s daughter Maria Hester … Continue reading

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Mrs. Hoover’s Bad Habit: The “Surprise Supreme”

 Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover started their marriage in China – with six servants.   They didn’t need them, but it was customary – in China. The Mining Engineer Both Herbert Hoover and Lou Henry were graduates of Stanford University, and … Continue reading

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The Stewardship of the Second Mrs. Wilson

“Steward” was the word that Edith Bolling Wilson used to describe herself during the last 18-months of Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, when he suffered a crippling stroke. Edith Bolling Wilson: A Conspiracy Theory? Modern historians, freed by the distance of a … Continue reading

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FDR Glimpses the Future: 1920

In 1920, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was thirty-eight years old, and the Democratic party’s candidate for Vice President. FDR: A Moderate Career Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) was not a spectacular rise to success by any means. He had a rather spoiled … Continue reading

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