Tag Archives: White House history

The Death of FLOTUS Caroline Harrison

The election of 1892 was another Presidential rematch. The Rematch Election Sitting Republican President Benjamin Harrison was poised to seek a second term – against Democratic ex-President Grover Cleveland, who held the position from 1885-9. Grover Cleveland was generally well … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Ball

The mood of the country was vastly different in 1865 than in 1861. The Difference Being… …(at least in general essence), that in 1861, the country was nervous and frightened. Several Southern states already seceded, and the tensions at South … Continue reading

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Frances Cleveland: The Wedding Gown

Grover Cleveland came to the White House with a secret. Grover Cleveland’s Secret    At 49 years old, Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) was a lifelong bachelor. Nearly 300-pounds on his 5’9” frame, he was the heaviest President up to that time … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Theodore Roosevelt knew the power of conceptual spot-on images and phrases. TR: The Social Conscience Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was born into a socially conscious family. They were prominent and wealthy, with a strong sense of noblesse oblige. Roosevelt Senior served … Continue reading

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Grace Coolidge at the Confluence

No one could have been more surprised by the 1920 Republican convention than Grace Goodhue Coolidge. The Beginning of Fame The nomination of Warren G. Harding was a surprise to the country. Choosing a Vice Presidential candidate was an afterthought. … Continue reading

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James Knox Polk’s Delicate Operation

In the early 19th century, any surgery was always dangerous. Young Polk Born in 1795 in North Carolina, James Knox Polk was the oldest of ten children born to a middle-class North Carolina family. They moved to Tennessee when Polk … Continue reading

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John Wilkes Booth: Heartthrob and Assassin

In April 1865, John Wilkes Booth was 26 years old. JWB: The Solid Theatrical Pedigree In a day when theatrical personages were still looked on askance, the Booths of Maryland had a fine and well regarded pedigree. Junius Brutus Booth … Continue reading

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John and Abigail Adams: The Decision of ‘78

John and Abigail Adams always had a very close relationship… The Early Years From the time of their marriage in October, 1764, John and Abigail Adams were seldom apart for more than a few days. But as political turmoil began … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt and the Judge: 1904

Theodore Roosevelt ran for President in 1904… The Big Surprise …but the big surprise was that he was already President. He had planned to run for POTUS in ’04 some years back. He may have dreamed about running in ’04 … Continue reading

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Grover Cleveland: The Media Loathe-Affair

The press never disliked Grover Cleveland…but The Beginning of Loathe …Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), prior to, during, and after his presidency, positively loathed the “ghouls of the press” as he called them. A very conservative Democrat, Cleveland was urged by citizens … Continue reading

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