Tag Archives: Thomas Jefferson

William Henry Harrison: The Big Lie

The “log cabin and hard cider” persona associated with William Henry Harrison was not only a myth, it was an out and out fabrication. Berkeley’s FFV: William Henry Harrison (1772-1841) was born at Berkeley Plantation, one of Virginia’s oldest estates … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson: Revolutionary: A Book Review

After two hundred and fifty years of mining the elusive Mr. Jefferson, one wonders what more could possibly be left to dissect… Thomas Jefferson: Revolutionary is a complex dissection, albeit not for wimps or the casual reader of history. It … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s Merry Party

Thomas Jefferson was a sophisticated gentleman, not usually associated with rudeness, but… President Jefferson’s Hosting Attitudes Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) had grown up in a time and place of elegance and form. As a young student at William and Mary, he … Continue reading

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James Madison’s Romantic Lesson

James Madison, a bachelor of 43, had a history of romantic disappointment. The Non-Imposing Jemmy Madison James Madison (1751-1836) was a man of small physical stature, anywhere between 5′ and 5’6″ tall, depending on which sources you espouse. But no … Continue reading

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The White House New Year’s Day Reception

After two years in New York and ten years in Philadelphia, the capital of the country was moved to Washington at the very end of 1800. The Dismal Days Washington DC was just opening for business in late 1800, after … 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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Measuring George Washington

After the American Revolution ended, the State of Virginia wanted to honor its most renowned son with a commemorative statue. Finding A Worthy Artist Fine art and fine artists were a rarity in Colonial America, perhaps because people were more … Continue reading

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