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  • Franklin Pierce
    2015 presidential rankings
    Once again, it is time for the annual presidential rankings. The A.P. reported recently that most recent scholarly poll occurred in 2010. Since then, there have been a couple of general public polls, most notably by Gallup. The Gallup survey...
  • 15 Things You Might Not Have Known About U.S. Presidents
    15 Things You Might Not Have Known About U.S. Presidents
    Little known information is more than just winning at trivia nights --- it is also fun. A wonderful way to be a lifelong learner.There are facts and then there are FUN facts. We all know that President Lincoln was assassinated while in office. But...
  • Lincoln assasination and Civil War memorabilia sells for 800,000
    Abraham Lincoln memorabilia brings in nearly a million at Texas auction
    A Dallas, Texas auction of President Abraham Lincoln memorabilia held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Heritage Auction House in Dallas has brought in over $803,000 including $25,000 just for a lock of the assassinated president's hair. The David...
  • Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)
    The Jacksonian Presidents
    Andrew Jackson dominated presidential politics between 1824 and 1849. He came to personify the democratization of Antebellum America. Jackson's emergence changed the institution and vastly increased executive power. The road to the imperial...
  • George Washington
    The Revolutionary generation presidents
    Founding Fathers served as America's first five presidents. Each man left his own imprint on the office. George Washington basically invented the presidency, strengthened the government, and protected the country. John Adams worked against...
  • Actor Benjamin attends the 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Press Conference
    'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' or an American president as action hero
    “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is an odd movie that has the premise that along with being the Great Emancipator, Lincoln also hunted down fangers (as they call them on “True Blood”) with a silver bladed ax.While the...
  • President Harding
    President Warren Harding's steamy love letters revealing blackmail go public
    President Warren Harding, the 29th president of the United States, is remembered for many things including the notion that he was one of the worst presidents in America’s history. On July 29, letters that he wrote to Carrie Fulton Phillips...
  • Hillary Clinton
    Remembering New Hampshire Primaries Past, Thinking of Primary to Come
    Are you READY FOR HILLARY? I'm a Democrat, and the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary promises to be a monumental bore unless the pusillanimous progressives can actual get off their posteriors and get a genuine populist like...
  • Barack Obama
    President Obama named worst president since World War II in Quinnipiac poll
    A new Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday names the worst president since World War II and the best president since World War II according to those surveyed on the question. The results indicate that President Barack Obama comes in first as the...
  • Napoleon's coronation
    Jefferson and Napoleon
    Despite popular perception, presidents are at the mercy of events. Historical factors can interfere, impede, advance, or help a presidential administration. Vietnam destroyed Lyndon Johnson, Lincoln transformed the Civil War into a moral crusade...
  • Johnson addresses the nation and signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act at a White House ceremony, June 2, 1964
    Obama honors Lyndon B. Johnson and Civil Rights Act at 50th anniversary summit
    Fifty years ago on July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the most sweeping civil rights legislation since the of the end of Civil War, and 101 years after Abraham Lincoln emancipated the African American slaves, Johnson...
  • LBJ Library and Archives
    Austin in Political Spotlight with Civil Rights Summit
    In a rare glimpse of a meeting of all the living United States Presidents, this exclusive club willmeet next week almost exactly a year after seeing one another at the unveiling of George W. Bush’s Presidential Center in Dallas. This time,...
  • John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khruchchev, 1961
    Russians back down when presidents stand up
    Several news outlets reported large Russians troop movements along the Ukraine border. It appears Russian President Vladimir Putin is not satisfied with annexing the Crimea. Europe and the United States have been impotent in the face of Russian...
  • FDR and Fala
    2014 Presidential Rankings
    In time for President’s Day, here is the 2014 Presidential rankings. This year, ten presidents qualified for “failure” status. On the other end, nine men rated great or near great. The remainder finished somewhere in between. As...
  • Duke Ellington at the White House
    Presidents Day: Nixon honors Duke Ellington
    Presidents Day is nearly upon us. Truth be told, I typically spend nary a moment over the long weekend considering any of the nation’s Chief Executives, past or present. That said, it’s worth noting that Richard Nixon did a fine thing...