Presidential Children – The Tafts of Ohio

Most presidential children have worked hard to avoid the glare of public life once their parents left the White House. There have been exceptions,...

Presidential Children – The Coolidge Boys

Calvin Coolidge became President in 1923, when Warren Harding died suddenly. Coolidge restored the confidence of the American people in their government, and won...

Presidential Children – Tippecanoe’s Ten

William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) is remembered for a number of reasons. He was the first Whig President, and the first half of a famous...

Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion – The Election of 1884

Grover Cleveland was elected president in 1884 in one of the dirtiest election campaigns in our history. But the American voters were treated to...

The Electoral College – How It Works

When you go into the voting booth next November (assuming you are at least 18 years of age and a registered voter), you may...

Election Surprises – Lincoln’s 1864 Re-Election

Records show that Abraham Lincoln was re-elected in 1864 by a huge electoral vote majority, taking 221 votes to his opponent's 21. But until...

The President’s Lady – Lemonade Lucy

In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes was inaugurated as President after a close and disputed election. (See the 8 September 2018 article "The Stolen Election...

John Adams – Obnoxious and Disliked

John Adams, our first vice-president and second president, is remembered for many things. He was the leading patriot in the Continental Congress, being the...

U.S. Grant – Lessons Learned

Ulysses S. Grant is remembered as a great general in the Civil War, and later a less-than-great President. But the stories of his childhood...

Ticket Balancing

With the announcement of the Republican and Democratic Vice Presidential nominees, much attention has been given to the practice of ticket balancing. George Bush...
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