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    The Smarty Pants President

    January 30, 2018

    Woodrow Wilson

    Woodrow Wilson’s title as “president” wasn’t the first of that name under his belt. From 1902-1910, President Wilson was the president of Princeton University. He was one smart cookie– he’s our only president to hold a Ph.D., and to be considered an academic. After his role at Princeton, he then left to become governor of New Jersey. It was his only other elected office.

    Wilson wasn’t known for being warm and fuzzy. He was described by many as outwardly cold. But, his speaking skills were top notch. He was the first president since John Adams to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress in person, setting the standard for presidents today.

    No matter the ways he went about it, the man got a lot done. He’s often considered one of our nation’s greatest presidents. Continue Reading

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    Why William Howard Taft Never Wanted to be President

    November 15, 2017

    “We are all imperfect. We cannot expect perfect government.” William Howard Taft Being president of the United States was far from William Howard Taft’s dream job. But, when virtually all your family members–especially your spouse–are pushing…

  • local elections

    Everything You Need to Know About Local Elections

    November 7, 2017

    Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about “off year” elections. That’s one of those terms we use to describe an election that’s not a presidential or mid-term Congressional election. So… basically, we might chalk it up to…

  • Teddy Roosevelt

    How to Get Your Face on Mt. Rushmore

    October 10, 2017

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who…

  • President McKinley

    The Assassinated President Historians Gave the Shaft

    September 18, 2017

    You don’t hear much these days about former President William McKinley (er, well, aside from the whole mountain in Alaska thing). But William McKinley, in his day, was as popular as they come. His assassination, six months into…

  • Benjamin Harrison

    The Centennial President with the Icy Personality

    August 21, 2017

    Back in my White House staffer days, I used to give friends tours of the East and West Wings. It was one of my favorite perks of my job. As we strolled through the Green Room and…

  • Senior Citizens National Park pass

    How to Get a Lifetime National Park Pass for Cheap!

    August 16, 2017

    Do we have any National Park enthusiasts? We know you’re out there! That’s our parents up there in that photo at Mount Rushmore National Memorial with some of their grandkids. And as much as they don’t like…

  • The Only President to Marry in the White House

    August 9, 2017

    “Whatever you do, tell the truth.” Grover Cleveland If tabloids existed back in the 19th century, Grover Cleveland would have made all the covers. Cleveland was known for his honesty and even quickly rose through the…

  • How the Most Distrusted Man in America Became President

    July 25, 2017

    “No man ever entered the Presidency so profoundly and widely distrusted, and no one ever retired … more generally respected.” Alexander McClure Have you ever completely misjudged someone you didn’t really know? Maybe they had a…

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