Tag Archives: Rutherford B. Hayes

Lucy Hayes and the Spectacular Dinner Service,

The White House, then and now, requires a huge amount of china place settings. The Precedents of China Formal Presidential dinner services have always been needed for formal occasions since the time of George Washington’s terms of office in New … Continue reading

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The Taft’s Silver Anniversary Party, or Nellie’s Happy Day

Helen Herron Taft was not destined to fully enjoy her days as First Lady, but the Tafts would celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in grand style. Nellie’s Ambition, and an Anniversary Precedent Helen Herron (1861-1943) was an Ohioan whose parents … Continue reading

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The Presidential Stepping Stone

More than half our Presidents have been lawyers, at least by discipline. Whether they liked it or not, and even whether they actively “practiced law” is something else. POTUSes Reading Law In the “olden days,” one did not need a … Continue reading

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Lucy Hayes and the Laced Oranges

Lucy Hayes has gone down in history as “Lemonade Lucy” for banning spirits in the White House – but did people find a way around it?   The Spirits of ‘76 The election of 1876 was one of the most … Continue reading

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Nellie Taft, Edwardian

  No one wanted to be First Lady more than Helen Herron Taft!  The Root of Nellie Taft’s Ambition Nellie Taft (1861-1943) had her eye on the White House from her teens.  Her family was prominent in Cincinnati, Ohio, and … Continue reading

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