Tag Archives: White House history

The Assassination Attempt on Andrew Jackson

Political assassination has been around since Biblical times, if not longer. Andrew Jackson: Public Figure Andrew Jackson had been in the public eye since he was in his early twenties. As a Tennessee lawyer, planter, speculator, horseracer, duelist and legislator, … Continue reading

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Julia Grant’s Eyes: A Love Story

  Julia Dent Grant was born with an eye condition medically called strabismus. People called “cross-eyed.” JDG: A Plain Child Strabismus is a common anomaly, and today, it is quickly and successfully corrected in very early childhood. But in the … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison’s Merry Party

The position of Secretary of State is the country’s premier diplomatic post. James Madison and the Merrys Anthony Merry was the first British Minister Plenipotentiary (considered Ambassador) sent to the United States. He and his uber pretentious wife Elizabeth were … Continue reading

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William McKinley and Czolgosz the Assassin

William McKinley was one of the best liked Presidents. Why would anyone want to kill him? William McKinley, the Popular By all accounts, William McKinley was a warm, friendly and agreeable fellow. Born in 1843 in a small Ohio town, … Continue reading

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Mrs. Coolidge and Baseball: A Love Affair

Calvin Coolidge liked baseball so-so. But First Lady Grace Coolidge was a enthusiastic fan! Coolidge the Indifferent Sport Calvin Coolidge was always a hard fellow to figure, unless, of course, you were a New Englander. Then he was easy to … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s Merry Party

Thomas Jefferson was a sophisticated gentleman, not usually associated with rudeness, but… President Jefferson’s Hosting Attitudes Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) had grown up in a time and place of elegance and form. As a young student at William and Mary, he … Continue reading

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Benjamin Harrison and the Washington Centennial. And Me.

The 100th anniversary of George Washington’s Inaugural Centennial in New York City was a very big deal. The Inauguration of George Washington George Washington was elected unanimously and with no opposition.  Everyone was enthusiastic about the new President of the … Continue reading

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