Tag Archives: Woodrow Wilson

FLOTUS Ellen Wilson: American Impressionist

While many First Ladies displayed some artistic gifts, Ellen Wilson was arguably the most talented. Ellen Axson: Child to Woman Ellen Axson Wilson (1860-1914) was bookended by war: Born just as the American Civil War was about to start, dying … 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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Ellen Wilson’s Great Sadness

Ellen Axson came from a family prone to severe melancholy. Ellen Axson: Family Caretaker Ellen Axson (1860-1914), was born in Georgia, just as the Civil War was beginning. From earliest childhood, she showed a decided talent for art, but family … Continue reading

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The White House Nellie Weddings

White House Weddings Before Ulysses S. Grant was even born, there had been weddings in the White House. During James Madison’s administration, Dolley Madison’s widowed sister married her second husband, Thomas Todd. Some years later, James Monroe’s daughter Maria Hester … Continue reading

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How the Sheep Helped Win the War

It is not the usual purpose of this blog site to review children’s books, particularly a children’s book geared to first or second graders, but this one, First Lady Edith Wilson and HOW THE SHEEP HELPED WIN THE WAR, by … Continue reading

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The Stewardship of the Second Mrs. Wilson

“Steward” was the word that Edith Bolling Wilson used to describe herself during the last 18-months of Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, when he suffered a crippling stroke. Edith Bolling Wilson: A Conspiracy Theory? Modern historians, freed by the distance of a … Continue reading

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FDR Glimpses the Future: 1920

In 1920, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was thirty-eight years old, and the Democratic party’s candidate for Vice President. FDR: A Moderate Career Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) was not a spectacular rise to success by any means. He had a rather spoiled … Continue reading

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