Tag Archives: White House history

John Quincy Adams: Weights and Measures

The Constitution of the United States mandated that Congress develop a standardized system of weights and measures – back in 1787. Early Attempts at Uniformity No one argued with the importance of uniformity of measuring things – from the purity … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison: The Recipe Swap

  Just as the Madison parlor was always full, so was their dining table. The Early Madison Years When the young widow Dolley Payne Todd became Mrs. James Madison in 1794, their first two years were spent in Philadelphia, then … Continue reading

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Chester Alan Arthur in Hiding

When Chester Alan Arthur was named as Republican VP candidate in 1880, no one was more surprised than he was. CAA: A Brief Run-up. Very brief, in fact. Chet Arthur had never been elected to anything before. The New York … Continue reading

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Calvin Coolidge: A Fish Story

Calvin Coolidge was a man of limited interests. The Private Mr. Coolidge There is a story that at some point, Calvin Coolidge was asked what his hobbies were. He replied, “I run for office.” Throughout his youth, there is no … Continue reading

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James Garfield Goes to Congress

…with a little help from President Lincoln. Maybe.  JAG: A Brief History Ohio born James Garfield (1831-81) had a very unpromising start in life. His father died when he was two, with little to leave the family.  His mother later … Continue reading

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The Monroe Plateau

…Arguably the second oldest permanent possession of the White House… The Return of the White House Shortly after Dolley Madison “rescued” the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington (the oldest possession)  in 1814, British soldiers torched the White House, as … Continue reading

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John Quincy Adams and Anne Royall

The curmudgeon and the public nuisance: an odd couple. John Quincy Adams When John Quincy Adams became President in 1825, there were few who could match his stellar credentials: A cosmopolitan European education, Harvard graduate, legislative appointments and a long … Continue reading

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