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Martin Van Buren was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1821. The previous year, he had engineered a revolt against his party’s leader, Governor...

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Andrew Johnson’s military career was, like the rest of his career, political. He had attracted national attention as the only southern member of Congress...

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Substitute First Lady – Harriet Lane

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

The President’s Lady – Ellen Herndon Arthur

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John Tyler, President from 1841-1845, had two wives. Both were First Ladies, and between them had fifteen children, which is still the record for...

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Woodrow Wilson’s wife was called The First Woman President, The Other 28th President, and The Petticoat President. All these nicknames were the result of...

Gays in Government

Although it has never been proven, there is a good chance that one or two members of the executive branch, both elected by the...
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