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John Adams – Administration and Events

John Adams was our second President, serving from 1897-1801. He came to the office with a wealth of political experience. Adams had served in...

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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...

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...

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...

Third Parties – The Free Soil Party

There have been a large number of “third parties” in our political history. A third party is any party other than one of the...

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...

Thanks, But No Thanks – Silas Wright

Silas Wright turned down more major offices than most politicians win in a lifetime of election campaigns. Before his career ended with his premature...

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...

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,...
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