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Almost President – Charles Fairbanks

Charles Warren Fairbanks served as Vice President from 1905-1909 during the administration of Teddy Roosevelt. With better luck, he would have been President of...

Death in the White House

All families suffer various trials and tribulations, and the First Family is not immune from the same tragedies that happen in other families. Probably...

The President’s Lady – Hannah Hoes Van Buren

Martin Van Buren’s wife never made it to the White House. She died eighteen years before her husband was elected President. Still, this “almost...

Forgotten First Lady – The Other Mrs. Wilson

Woodrow Wilson’s wife was called The First Woman President, The Other 28th President, and The Petticoat President. All these nicknames were the result of...

Re-Elected Running Mates

Many Presidents have been re-elected. A lesser number of Vice Presidents have been re-elected. Two Vice Presidents were re-elected even though their Presidents were...

You’re Fired!

Many of those in favor of term limits cite the unfair advantage enjoyed by the incumbent in any political race. This is especially true...

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Some of our greatest Presidents did not succeed on their first try at national office. Many Presidents were once defeated candidates for the presidency...

Home State Loosers

Presidential candidates can usually count on carrying their own state. There have been notable exceptions, such as George McGovern losing South Dakota in 1972...

Presidential Pasttimes

Like all people, Presidents need relaxation. Over the years, our Presidents have participated in a great variety of sports and hobbies while in the...

Civil War Vets in the White House, Part 3

Chester Alan Arthur (President from 1881-1885) had a very different military career. He got into the military through politics. In 1858, the influential lawyer...
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