Tag Archives: White House history

Mary Lincoln’s Gala Bash

In early February, 1862, President and Mrs. Lincoln hosted their only huge party at the White House. Mrs. Lincoln: New FLOTUS For nineteen years Mrs. Abraham Lincoln was only a middle class Springfield, Illinois housewife – and the middle class … Continue reading

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The Deception of Franklin Pierce

Some marriages are mismatches. The Pierces Franklin Pierce was 30 years old when he married in 1834. Good looking, genial and personable, he waited until he was established in his law practice, and was a sitting New Hampshire Democratic Congressman. … Continue reading

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Rutherford Hayes’ Secret Oath

The election of 1876 was one of the most rancorous, divisive and probably corrupt in American history.             Oddly Enough… Both Governor Rutherford Hayes (R-OH) and Governor Samuel Tilden (D-NY) were honest, decent men, albeit … Continue reading

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President Grant and the First State Dinner

The first sovereign of a foreign country to be hosted at a White House State Dinner was the King of the Sandwich Islands – in 1874. State Dinners From the beginning of the United States as a nation, elegant dining … Continue reading

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Sarah Polk’s Memoirs

First Lady Sarah Childress Polk lived to be nearly ninety. Miss Childress of Tennessee Sarah Childress (1803-1891) was born to a comfortable Murfreesboro, Tennessee family, not long after it had joined the Union. Her Presbyterian father was a planter and … Continue reading

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Julia Tyler’s Premonition

Julia Gardiner Tyler spent only seven months as First Lady; then she went to live in Virginia. JGT: The Young Wife Julia Gardiner (1820-1889) was only 24 when she married sitting President John Tyler, a recent widower.  At 54, Tyler … Continue reading

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The Death of Tad Lincoln

Tad Lincoln had just turned 18 when he died. Tad in Springfield, IL Thomas Lincoln, (1853-1871) named for his paternal grandfather, was called Tad from the outset.  It was a hard birth, and Tad was born with a cleft palate … Continue reading

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