Saturday, October 31, 2020

Do You Know Me? (William Miller, 1964 Republican Vice Presidential Candidate)

William E. Miller is probably best remembered for his role in an American Express commercial, looking into the camera and saying, “Do you know...

Julia Dent Grant – Fair, Fat, and Forty

Julia Dent Grant, wife of President Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877), changed the role of the First Lady. She took an active leadership role in...

The Stolen Election of 1876

Rutherford Birchard Hayes' victory over Samuel J. Tilden in the election of 1876 was the closest in our history. In fact, many people consider...

The Bull Moose Campaign of 1912

In 1912, the American electorate was treated to the spectacle of an incumbent (current) president, a past president, and a future president running against...

Election Surprises – Woodrow Wilson’s Re-Election

In 1912, Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, had been elected president in spite of the fact that more people voted against him than for him....

Almost President – Hannibal Hamlin

Hannibal Hamlin missed being President by five weeks. Most history students know that Abraham Lincoln’s Vice President was Andrew Johnson, who became President when...

Election Surprises – Truman’s 1948 Victory

Probably the biggest surprise in the history of presidential elections, Harry Truman defied the odds in winning re-election in 1948. When the campaign started,...

The Natick Cobbler – Henry Wilson, Part 3

During the 1872 campaign, Wilson made a strenuous speaking tour covering 10,000 miles and giving ninety-six campaign speeches. This tour ruined his health. In...

The Natick Cobbler – Henry Wilson, Part 2

In the Senate, Wilson was compared somewhat unfavorably to the other Massachusetts Republican Senator, Charles Sumner. Sumner was a powerful, eloquent orator with great...

The Natick Cobbler – Henry Wilson, Part 1

The life of Henry Wilson, second Vice President under President U.S. Grant, was a real American success story. Born in poverty, he worked his...