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The Abysmal Health of Woodrow Wilson

If his health history had been known in 1912, Woodrow Wilson might never have been nominated. The White House Physician: Cary T. Grayson Shortly after President Woodrow Wilson took the oath of office in 1913, there was a luncheon for … Continue reading

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Mary Todd Lincoln and Henry Clay

In 1832, Mary Todd was thirteen years old; Henry Clay was about to challenge Andrew Jackson for the Presidency. Ellerslie and Ashland Ellerslie Plantation, about three miles from Lexington, KY, was the ancestral home of the Todd family, named for … Continue reading

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Martha Dandridge, Mistress Custis

Nearly ten years before she became Mrs. George Washington, Martha Dandridge became Mrs. Daniel Parke Custis. The Turbulent and Eccentric Daniel Parke  Daniel Parke (1669-1710), the grandfather-in-law to Martha Custis, long dead by the time she married into the family, … Continue reading

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Presidents and Christmas Trees

A “traditional” Christmas tree, one that is brought indoors and decorated, is a German custom. The Early Trees While a Christmas tree of sorts has been around since pagan times, beginning in the early nineteenth century, it became a popular … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt: Asthmatic

Theodore Roosevelt could arguably be the poster boy for asthmatic children. Asthma In General: Today Asthma is a medical condition that affects the lungs and airways, making breathing difficult. It can vary between a mild, occasional and annoying problem, or, … Continue reading

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Andrew Johnson and Strong Drink

Just about everyone knows of Andrew Johnson’s embarrassing inauguration as Vice President The Embarrassing Inauguration But for those who don’t, the gist of it is… Republican President Lincoln had specifically requested Democrat Andrew Johnson as his running mate in 1864 … Continue reading

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President Grant and the Grant-Pops

Most historians concur that Ulysses S. Grant’s parents were a little eccentric. Grant and His Parents Jesse Root Grant (1794-1873), the father, was born in Pennsylvania and transplanted to Ohio, where he married and raised a family. He was self-educated … Continue reading

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