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Month: August 2017

Henry Clay – Lexington, Kentucky

Henry Clay was perhaps the most consequential mid nineteenth-century diplomat and politician who was not a United States president.   He served as Speaker of the House, Secretary of State […]

Martin Van Buren – Kinderhook, New York

Martin Van Buren was America’s eighth POTUS, serving after Andrew Jackson’s two terms from 1837 – 1841.  Van Buren was Jackson’s Secretary of State in his first administration and his […]

John Jay – Katonah, New York

John Jay was America’s first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (not a President, but he was appointed by a President, so I think it counts).  At the time of […]

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Boyhood Home, Library, and Museum – Abilene, Kansas Dwight David Eisenhower was our thirty-fourth president, inaugurated on January 20, 1953, and leaving office on that same day in 1961.  I […]

James Buchanan – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Last year, Richard Strauss published “Worst. President. Ever.:  James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents.   It was released on October […]

Millard Filmore – East Aurora, New York

Millard Fillmore was our 13th POTUS, serving from July 1850 to March 1853.  Fillmore became president upon the death of President Zachary Taylor who died after serving just over a […]

Woodrow Wilson – Washington DC

Woodrow Wilson was our 28th President and served from 1913 – 1921,  He was known, most notably for promoting the League of Nations at the end of the Great War […]

Theodore Roosevelt – New York

Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay Long Island Theodore Roosevelt built his home on Oyster Bay, Long Island.  After losing his first wife, Roosevelt left his infant daughter with his sister and […]

John F. Kennedy – Boston, Massachusetts

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was our thirty-fifth President of the United States.  He was born and raised until age three at this home in Brookline, Massachusetts.  In 1920, with three small […]

Chester Arthur – Fairfield Vermont

Little remains of Chester Arthur, twenty-first POTUS who rose to the position in 1881 upon the death of President James Garfield.  Arthur served out Garfield’s term and retired from political […]

Franklin Pierce – New Hampshire

Franklin Pierce was America’s fourteenth president and served from 1853 to 1857.   The Pierce home in Hillsborough, New Hampshire is one of two homes preserved for President Pierce.  He […]

James Polk – Columbia, Tennessee

James Polk, eleventh President of the United States (1845 – 1849) was the second POTUS to come from Tennessee and served as Commander in Chief during the Mexican War.   […]

Andrew Johnson – Greenville, Tennessee

Andrew Johnson was America’s seventh POTUS, becoming president after Lincoln’s death in April 1865.  Johnson, a Union Democrat from Tennessee joined Lincoln in 1864 as part of the “Unity” ticket, […]

The Reconstruction Presidents

I picked up Brooks D. Simpson’s book at Grant Cottage in the Adirondacks.  Brooks D. Simpson is an expert on Civil War history and authors a blog, Crossroads that discusses history, […]