Tag Archives: White House history

Col. Elmer Ellsworth, The Lincolns’ Favorite

Few Lincoln favorites were as beloved by the entire Lincoln family as Elmer Ellsworth. The Young Militia Colonel Ephriam Elmer Ellsworth (1837-61) was a poor New York fellow with long bootstraps. Blessed with a charismatic personality, solid brains, and an … Continue reading

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Benjamin Harrison: Cold Man in the White House

Most politicians excel at the glad-hand. Benjamin Harrison was the exception. BH: POTUS Grandson William Henry Harrison died after only one month as President of the US. His grandson Benjamin Harrison (1832-1901) was only nine years old. His memories were … Continue reading

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Andy Johnson and His Father’s Statue

President Andrew Johnson was barely two when his father died. Jacob Johnson, Hero Jacob Johnson (1778-1812) was poor as a church mouse. Born and raised in Raleigh, NC, he had no education, training or skills. Although he served in the … Continue reading

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William Henry Harrison: The Windy Inaugural

William Henry Harrison was a well-known “dark horse” President – if such a thing is possible. WHH: Virginia Patrician Contrary to the myth, William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) was as well-born as any First Family of Virginia could be. His family … Continue reading

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Eleanor Roosevelt: The Red Cross Uniform

Eleanor Roosevelt begged to visit the soldiers in the Pacific. The Red Cross Uniform Circa WWI The American Red Cross, begun following the Civil War, had its antecedents in Europe even before the Civil War. Clara Barton had been a … Continue reading

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William McKinley: The Carnation Story

Few Presidents were as genuinely considerate as William McKinley. Poor Boy Makes Good William McKinley (1843-1901) was one of seven children born to an Ohio iron-worker and his wife. They were poor, devout Methodists, but firmly focused on their children’s … Continue reading

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Harry Truman’s Best Birthday Present

Harry Truman was just shy of his 61st birthday when he became President. HST: The Unprepared Vice President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) was elected Democratic Senator from Missouri in 1934, two years after  Franklin Delano Roosevelt was first elected Democratic … Continue reading

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