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

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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

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Civil War Vets in the White House, Part 3

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Civil War Vets in the White House, Part 2

Rutherford Birchard Hayes (President from 1877-1881) was a genuine war hero. When the Civil War began, Hayes joined the many volunteers signing up for...

Civil War Vets in the White House, Part 1

In an earlier series of articles, we examined the military records of the Presidents. But one group deserves a closer look. From the end...

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Columnist Emily Edson Briggs called Julia Dent Grant "the first lady of the land." Lucy Webb Hayes was the first to be officially called...

Lou Henry Hoover – Unsung Heroine

Lou Henry Hoover served as First Lady from 1929 to 1933. There is much about her that never made it into the public view...

The President’s Lady – Dolley Madison, An American Original

For over a century, the greatest compliment you could pay a First Lady was to compare her favorably to Dolley Madison. She presided over...
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