Millard Fillmore was born January 7, 1800, in a log cabin on a farm in what is now Moravia, Cayuga County, in the Finger Lakes region of New York. His parents were Phoebe (Millard) and Nathaniel Fillmore — he was the second of eight children and the oldest son. Nathaniel Fillmore was the son of Nathaniel Fillmore Sr. (1739-1814), a native of Franklin, Connecticut, who … Continue reading Millard Fillmore: One of the Worst U.S. Presidents?
On November 24, 1784, Zachary Taylor was born on a plantation in Orange County, Virginia, to a prominent family of planters of English ancestry. His birthplace may have been Hare Forest Farm, the home of his maternal grandfather William Strother, though this has not been determined with certainty. Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in … Continue reading Zachary Taylor
On May 8, 1884, future President of the United States Harry S. Truman was born in the small western Missouri town of Lamar. While not my favorite president (that honor is held equally by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and George Washington), I am probably most familiar with Truman due to my spending most of my school years — grade 6 through university — living in eastern Kansas, just … Continue reading The President from Missouri
At about 10:20 p.m. on April 14, 1865, 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth while attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Shot in the head as he watched the play, Lincoln died the following day at 7:22 a.m., in the Petersen House opposite the theater. He was the … Continue reading Lincoln Assassinated!
On the afternoon of April 12, 1945, while staying at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, the United States of America’s stamp collecting president — Franklin Delano Roosevelt — said, “I have a terrific headache.” He then slumped forward in his chair, unconscious, and was carried into his bedroom. The president’s attending cardiologist, Dr. Howard Bruenn, diagnosed the medical emergency as a massive cerebral hemorrhage. … Continue reading The Death of FDR
William McKinley Jr. was born on January 29, 1843, in Niles, Ohio, the seventh child of William McKinley Sr. and Nancy (née Allison) McKinley. He was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897 until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish–American War, raised protective tariffs to promote … Continue reading William McKinley, 25th President of the United States
Warren Gamaliel Harding, the 29th President of the United States, was born on November 2, 1865. At the time of his death in 1923, he was one of the most popular presidents, but the subsequent exposure of scandals that took place under his administration, such as Teapot Dome, eroded his popular regard, as did revelations of an affair by Nan Britton, one of his mistresses. … Continue reading Warren G. Harding