Thursday, October 29, 2020

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...

Minority Presidents

Many articles use the term “minority president” in describing past presidents and past elections. This is especially true when discussing a president’s “mandate” to...

When No One Won – Richard Mentor Johnson

Richard Mentor Johnson may well be the most controversial vice president in the history of the United States, and considering some of his competition...

The Case for the Electoral College

Now that the presidential election has finally been resolved, the next issue will most certainly be how to reform our electoral system. Already, we...

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,...

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...

Pets in the White House

In the next election, we will choose the next occupants of the White House. But we will not choose all of them. Those we...

George Washington – British Officer

George Washington is remembered for many things. He was the victorious general who defeated the most powerful army on earth to win our nation's...

William Howard Taft, President and Chief Justice

William Howard Taft never wanted to be President. He wanted to be Chief Justice of the United States. On election night 1904, Teddy Roosevelt promised...

The Mysterious Death of Warren Harding

The death of President Warren Harding is one of those enduring mysteries that will probably never be solved. He died on August 2, 1923,...