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The Women Who Did It First

On this International Women’s Day, here’s a look at some of history’s greatest (but overlooked) trailblazers. Anne Bradstreet The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America is a volume of poetry published in 1650, one of the first notable works about life in the American colonies by a resident of the American colonies. It was […]

What Did William Henry Harrison Even Do?

Harrison usually ranks at the bottom of historians’ rankings of U.S. presidents. He died a month into his term…but he still ranks above other presidents, like James Buchanan, whose mishandling of public affairs led to the Civil War. So what did Harrison actually accomplish in his short time in office to save himself from being the […]

Whatever Happened to Samuel Tilden?

Today’s political climate may be contentious, but it’s nothing new. The presidential election of 1876 just might still be the wildest in American history. Tilden vs. Hayes There were two major candidates: Democratic banking magnate Samuel J. Tilden, governor of New York for a little over a year, and Republican congressman and Ohio governor Rutherford […]

Just Plain Weird Facts About the Presidents

It’s Presidents Day, a time to celebrate our nation’s former leaders…and to acknowledge that some of them were just as strange as the rest of us…if not stranger. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) …had a bit of a stealing problem. When he visited William Shakespeare’s birthplace in England (with fellow future president John Adams) in 1786, he […]