Tag Archives: US history

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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Doc Sawyer: President Harding’s Surgeon General

It is  unfair to compare medical practice of a hundred or more years ago with the enormous technological changes that have occurred. Nevertheless… Charles Sawyer: Homeopath Charles E. Sawyer (1860-1924) was an Ohio homeopathic doctor of limited formal training, believing … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt: Sailor and Soldier

Theodore Roosevelt, man of a zillion interests, always loved the military. TR: The Sailors’ Nephew Theodore Roosevelt was a little child during the tumultuous Civil War years.   His was a well-to-do prominent New York family, but his mother, Martha (Mittie) … Continue reading

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The Assassination Attempt on Andrew Jackson

Political assassination has been around since Biblical times, if not longer. Andrew Jackson: Public Figure Andrew Jackson had been in the public eye since he was in his early twenties. As a Tennessee lawyer, planter, speculator, horseracer, duelist and legislator, … Continue reading

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Montgomery Meigs: Civil War Quartermaster

The United States Army in April, 1861 On the eve of the Civil War, the regular United States Army consisted of 16,000 soldiers, most of which were deployed out west. Other than maintaining the always-touchy peace with the native tribes, … Continue reading

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Julia Grant’s Eyes: A Love Story

  Julia Dent Grant was born with an eye condition medically called strabismus. People called “cross-eyed.” JDG: A Plain Child Strabismus is a common anomaly, and today, it is quickly and successfully corrected in very early childhood. But in the … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison’s Merry Party

The position of Secretary of State is the country’s premier diplomatic post. James Madison and the Merrys Anthony Merry was the first British Minister Plenipotentiary (considered Ambassador) sent to the United States. He and his uber pretentious wife Elizabeth were … Continue reading

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