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Inauguration Follies and Foibles – The Roosevelt Years

Even important well-planned events can go awry, whether through forces of nature or human nature, and inaugurations are no exception. Those who remember President Obama first inauguration, may remember how Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts stumbled over the Oath … Continue reading

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Fun Facts about the Presidents #4 – Which President loved animals and let his children have a piebald rat named Jonathan live at the White House?

Theodore Roosevelt was very fond of pets and let his children keep a whole assortment of them at the White House, including the piebald rat named Jonathan. Unfortunately, there is no photograph of Jonathan, but there are some of the … Continue reading

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Fun Facts about the Presidents #3 – Which President got married in the White House and who was the youngest First Lady? (It wasn’t Jackie Kennedy.)

In honor of President’s Day, and of all the Presidents who have served our country, I thought I’d do a series of blog posts with interesting information about individual Presidents. Here’s the latest: Frances Folsom Cleveland was only twenty-one when … Continue reading

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Presidents Day-Fun Facts about the Presidents #2 Which President noticed the White House was about to fall down?

In honor of President’s Day, and of all the Presidents who have served the U.S, I thought I’d do a series of blog posts about individual Presidents. Here’s the latest: We have Harry Truman to thank for realizing the White … Continue reading

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In remembrance of Armistice Day – A letter from France 08/06/1918

My great-uncle Wendell Garretson, a doctor and a Quaker, spent much of World War I working in military hospitals in Europe. The following is a letter he wrote to his parents back on their Iowa farm after he joined the French Red … Continue reading

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How to Memorize the Presidents in Order, X-Men Style

It’s very difficult, at least for me, to memorize the Presidents of the United States in order. I can remember many obscure facts about them, no problem. Calvin Coolidge had a donkey named Ebenezer. Bill Clinton loves crossword puzzles. That’s … Continue reading

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Who were the smartest U.S. Presidents?

Who were the smartest presidents of the United States? It’s not the same question as rating the effectiveness of presidents, and I’m not writing this to open up a debate on modern presidents.  I’m just having a geeky history moment … Continue reading

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