Tag: andrew johnson
Since the new film Lincoln has spent a few weeks in theaters, we thought it’d be interesting to learn more about President Lincoln’s fantastically hairy cabinet. First up is Gideon Welles, who served as President Lincoln’s and then as President Johnson’s Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869, the longest anyone had held the [...]
Posted by Nikita on December 7, 2012, under - Civil War, Facial Hair Fridays.
Tags: abraham lincoln, Andrew Jackson, andrew johnson, beard, Cabinet, civil war, Connecticut, facial hair, Gideon Welles, journalism, Norwich University, postmaster, Secretary of the Navy
When Ronald Reagan survived the attempt on his life on March 30, 1981, and went on to serve two full four-year terms, he broke what some people call “the year-ending-in-zero” curse. It goes like this: Every President elected in a year ending in zero since 1840 had died in office. William Henry Harrison, elected in [...]
Posted by Jim on March 30, 2011, under - Presidents, Myth or History.
Tags: abraham lincoln, andrew johnson, assassination, Calvin Coolidge, Chester A. Arthur, death, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George W. Bush, Harry S. Truman, James A. Garfield, John F. Kennedy, John Tyler, John Wilkes Booth, Lyndon B. Johnson, millard fillmore, Presidents, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, William Henry Harrison, William McKinley, year-ending-in-zero curse, Zachary Taylor
If Grover Cleveland were alive today, he would need to blow out 174 candles. And of course, he would need to be careful not to set his mustache alight as he bent toward the mighty blaze of his birthday cake. Grover Cleveland’s election marked a turning point in Presidential facial hair. The beard was going [...]
Posted by Hilary on March 18, 2011, under - Civil War, Facial Hair Fridays.
Tags: 174 candles, andrew johnson, Frances Folsom, Garfield, Grant, Grover Cleveland, Happy Birthday, Harrison, Hayes, lincoln, Presidents, Van Buren
One hundred forty three years ago today, the people of Alaska went to bed under the Russian flag, and awoke under the Stars and Stripes. They also woke up eleven days in the future. The purchase of Alaska was not an easy sell for anyone. Russia wanted to offload the frozen territory in the 1850s. [...]
Posted by Rob Crotty on October 18, 2010, under - Civil War, Myth or History.
Tags: american history, andrew johnson, gregorian calendar, how much did alaska cost, julian calendar, NARA, national archives, National archives and records administration, odd history, Pieces of History, prologue blog, purchase of alaska, russian alaska, sewards folly, time travel, whats past is prologue, william seward
Attorney General, Secretary of War, Supreme Court Justice, inspiration for ZZ-Top? Whether the bearded rock band drew their inspiration from Stanton is unclear, but one thing is certain: Edwin Stanton would have made a fine rock star, playing by his own rules and shaking things up in Washington. In fact, perhaps the most fascinating thing [...]
Posted by Rob Crotty on June 4, 2010, under Facial Hair Fridays.
Tags: abraham lincoln, andrew johnson, ape, attorney general, barricade, beard, civil war, Edwin Stanton, insanity plea, secretary of war, supreme court justice