Tag Archives: White House history

Tad Lincoln and The Doll Jack

All kids need toys.  Tad: A Child With Problems Tad was the Lincolns’ fourth and last child born after a grueling two-day labor. He was born with a cleft palate, a not-uncommon malformation in the mouth routinely corrected in infancy … Continue reading

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Nan Britton, Part II: Harding’s Tell-All Mistress

The bad news was that President Warren Harding died in 1923. Without a will. Nan Britton, Nymphette Nanna Popham Britton (1896-1991) had been obsessed with Warren G. Harding since she was a child. She fixated on him like today’s teeny-boppers … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison at 250

At 250 years old, Dolley Madison has consistently “worn well.” Happy Birthday to Dolley! From the time Dolley Payne Todd Madison (May 20, 1768-1849) was in her mid-twenties, she was arguably the most famous woman in the United States. Two … Continue reading

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Franklin Pierce: Moments of Grace

Franklin Pierce came to the Presidency following great personal tragedy. Franklin Pierce: The Tragedy Only weeks before Franklin Pierce (D-NH) was inaugurated in 1853, he took his wife and their eleven-year-old son to visit family in Massachusetts. En route, their … Continue reading

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Grover Cleveland, Commuter

The Presidency has always come with very nice housing. Free. Presidents’ Residence By the time a President is elected, he is mature, established in a profession, and at least of middle class means. Some of our early POTUSes had magnificent … Continue reading

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Zachary Taylor: Reconciliation

Zachary Taylor was a lifelong soldier – up through the ranks. Colonel Taylor: Commandant In the early 1830s, Colonel Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) was the commandant of Fort Crawford, a small outpost in Priairie-du-Chien, Wisconsin, as the Black Hawk War was … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt: September, 1901

The month had started quietly enough for Theodore Roosevelt and his family. A Family Vacation Theodore Roosevelt, his wife Edith, and their six children were on a rare and well-needed family vacation in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. … Continue reading

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