Is There a President in the House? – Part 3

If experience counts, then the two Presidents right before the Civil War should have been great leaders, and the President during the Civil War...

Is There a President in the House? – Part 2

Martin Van Buren was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1821. The previous year, he had engineered a revolt against his party’s leader, Governor...

Is There a President in the House? – Part 1

Most of our Presidents gained early political experience while serving in Congress. Of our 42 Presidents (remember, Cleveland served twice), all but 18 served...

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James Buchanan (1857-1861) was the only bachelor President. But he wasn’t the first President to enter the White House without a wife to act...

The President’s Lady – Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson

Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson never got to be First Lady. She died in the period between her husband’s election as President and his inauguration....

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Elected in the closest election in our history, Rutherford and Lucy Hayes moved into the White House in 1877 with three of their five...

White House Heroes

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In the back of virtually every American History textbook you will find a list of American Presidents and Vice Presidents. But there is one...

Charles Francis Adams: Unsung Hero

Charles Francis Adams was the son of a President and the grandson of another President. He was considered for the presidency himself, and was...
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