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U.S. Presidents 101

    The President Who Won by a SINGLE Electoral Vote

    June 28, 2017

    If you thought the 2000 election was bad–remember hanging chads?–just wait until you hear about this. The 1876 presidential election was the longest election process in our country’s history. It dragged on for four very long months and wasn’t resolved until just two days before the Inauguration.

    For a country that was still in the reconstruction process, this wasn’t a good thing.

    Why was the election process so unique? How did our president of the week, Rutherford B. Hayes, come out on top? Why was he the Republicans candidate in the first place? We’ll answer these questions and more.

    Rutherford B. Hayes

    Brittany’s son with the Rutherford B. Hayes statue in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota.

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  • The War Hero Tainted by Scandal

    June 22, 2017

    “Let Us Have Peace.” Ulysses S. Grant. Most Americans have heard of him. They know he was involved in the Civil War somehow. But they may not know much else. Not only was Ulysses S. Grant…

  • The First President to Be Impeached

    June 14, 2017

    “Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide.” Andrew Johnson Abraham Lincoln wasn’t supposed to have been the only one assassinated that fateful night at Ford’s Theater. In fact, Andrew Johnson and his wife…

  • How Abraham Lincoln became America’s Iconic Hero

    June 5, 2017

    “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”-Abraham Lincoln Thinking about our 16th president (our president of the week) literally gives me goosebumps sometimes. So…

  • The Man Some Call the Worst President in History

    May 15, 2017

    It’s no surprise that Abraham Lincoln is often ranked the best president in our nation’s history.ย But did you know there are two presidents who are often ranked neck to neck as the worst? One of them…

  • The President with the Heartbreaking Past

    April 28, 2017

    Franklin Pierce was a Northerner with strong ties to the South. At a time when the country was so divided you could feel it, there couldn’t have been a more perfect candidate for president in 1852.…

  • A Forgettable President with a Funny Name

    April 20, 2017

    Being in the right place at the right time applies to no one better than it does our 13th president Millard Fillmore. Yep, Millard Fillmore. Quite the name, right? He was also referred to as an…

  • The President Who Worked Himself to Death

    March 29, 2017

    Of all the one-term presidents our country has had, our 11th president probably has the bragging rights of getting the most accomplished in a single term. Dubbed our first “Dark Horse” president, James Polk was also…

  • The Only President Kicked Out of His Own Political Party

    March 23, 2017

    Out 10th president, John Tyler, also known in his day and age as “His Accidency,” never dreamed of being president. Yet, 31 days into his stint as vice president, with William Henry Harrison’s death, he held…

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