“The rise of Alfred E. Smith had no exact parallel in American history. There have been country boys in plenty, such as Lincoln and Garfield, who rose to the heights, but no other city urchin, earning a precarious living in the streets in his early days, ever rose so superior to his lack of youthful advantages and had so distinguished a public career.”
Newspaper editor and anti-slavery advocate Horace Greeley
represented the short-lived Liberal Republican Party in 1872 to oppose Republican President Ulysses S. Grant’s reelection. The party’s campaign mottoes included “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, Universal Amnesty and Impartial Suffrage.” (That “amnesty” and “suffrage” was about restoring citizenship rights to former Confederate loyalists.) They lost in a landslide. Greeley actually died before the Electoral College convened.
One of my favorite Greeley quotes: “Is not Life miserable enough, comes not Death soon enough, without resort to the hideous enginery of War?” - The New York Tribune, May 12, 1846
I’m imagining him rocking out to Daft Punk here.
October 25, 1906 — President Roosevelt and Family
W. A. Hanford, Ridgefield, Conn. R.F.D. 47
Delighted with postal will prize it above them all because it is a picture of a place where you spent so many happy days.
On February 25, 1870, the first ever African American to sit in Congress was sworn in. Hiram Rhoades Revels was a Republican from Natchez, Mississippi.
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You spend enough time doing trivia contests, you get to understand that Millard Fillmore is the answer to EVERYTHING.
And here’s another bit of trivia, according to Buzzfeed: his book was the dictionary:
[W]hile apprented to a clothes-maker as a teenager, Fillmore bought a dictionary and used it to expand his vocabulary, sometimes studying it while carding wool. It was the dictionary that would lead Fillmore to a better life as a lawyer’s apprentice, a career in politics, and eventually the White House.
I know, we missed Presidents’ Day because we were home doing whatever it is that books people do on holidays (I’ll give you three guesses, and the first two don’t count). But this list of all 44 presidents’ favorite reads is still pretty fun: Did you know that Ulysses S. Grant admitted to blowing off his West Point studies in order to hide in the library and read popular novels? That’s my kind of guy.
Mr. Benjamin Harrison Gives Chase to Two Thieves, Catching One
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Jan. 14—While ex-President Benjamin Harrison was taking his evening walk this evening near his home, Mrs. D. H. Smith, a neighbor, ran up to him, crying: “Oh! Mr. Harrison, those two men there have robbed my house. They have the plunder in that bag.:
She pointed to two men who were hurrying away. Mr. Harrison ran after them, crying to them to stop, but they kept on. He hailed two men in a buggy which was passing. Quickly telling them the situation, he jumped into the buggy and gave chase to the flying men. The latter were overtaken and Mr. Harrison jumped out and caught one, but the other escaped.
[From the New York Times, Jan. 15 1899.]
- President Richard Nixon, October 7, 1970.
Nixon campaigned in 1968 on the idea that he would end the war in Vietnam. In January 1973, he announced the end of U.S involvement , but the war continued. The last U.S. combat soldiers left in March of 1973; it wasn’t until April 30, 1975, when North Vietnamese tanks rolled into Saigon, that the war ended.
WSB-TV newsfilm clip of United States president Richard M. Nixon speaking about the Vietnam War while in town to dedicate the Ocean Science Center of the Atlantic on Skidaway Island, Savannah, Georgia, 1970 October 7, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1680, 38:53/41:56, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.