Tag Archives: White House history

Mrs. Coolidge and Mrs. Hoover: A Rare Friendship

On the surface, there were only superficial commonalities between FLOTUS Grace Coolidge and her successor Lou Henry Hoover. The FLOTUS Sorority Many historians refer to the position of First Lady as a sorority. There are only a few dozen FLOTUSES … Continue reading

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Will and Nellie Taft: A Modern Marriage, Part 1

William Howard Taft and Helen (from-birth Nellie) Herron were born and raised Victorians – but they had a very modern marriage. The Early Years Both William Howard Taft (1857-1930) and Helen Herron (1861-1943) were pedigreed Cincinnatians. He was the son … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt and the Maxwell House Connection

Theodore Roosevelt was a mega coffee drinker from earliest childhood. TR: For “Medicinal Purposes” Coffee is non-alcoholic, but still perceived as an adult drink. It is common today for children to abstain from coffee drinking until way past puberty. Parents … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant and Son: Meeting Lincoln

Little Fred Frederick Dent Grant (1850-1912) was the oldest son of Ulysses S. Grant. His earliest memory of his father may have been when he was four, and he and his two-year-old brother were playing on the porch of their … Continue reading

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Sarah Polk: Gas Lighting

Sarah Childress Polk was FLOTUS in the mid-1840s – a time of major technical and industrial advances. Technology, Circa 1840s When James and Sarah Polk were in the White House (1845-49), the country had grown enormously. Between 1830 and 1840, … Continue reading

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Woodrow Wilson and the Spanish Flu

Woodrow Wilson had delicate health from childhood. Woodrow’s Delicate Health If health problems were a major campaign issue a hundred or more years ago, it is unlikely that Woodrow Wilson would have been considered for high office. Severe headaches, stomach … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s White House: A Book Review

If one had to describe Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime, one could easily call it a string of pearls encased in a Tiffany box. It is more than just a mere delight. It is a treasure that … Continue reading

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