This Day in History: George Washington & the first presidential veto

On this day in 1792, George Washington issues his first presidential veto. The subject of vetoes had long been a touchy topic in the American colonies, so his action was a bigger deal than you might imagine. Before the American Revolution, vetoes could be used against the colonial assemblies in one of two ways: The […]

This Day in History: Congressmen brawl on the House floor

On this day in 1798, two congressmen brawl on the floor of the House of Representatives. The prior two weeks had been a bit of a soap opera! The nation was then facing some difficult issues. The country was in a Quasi-War with France, and there was a lot of disagreement about how to proceed. […]

This Day in History: George Washington is unanimously elected President

On this day in 1789, George Washington is unanimously elected President of the United States by the Electoral College. He would be elected unanimously, again, during the election of 1792. Washington was the first and only U.S. President to be unanimously elected. Allegedly, one other President could have achieved this feat but for the fact […]

This Day in History: Alexander Hamilton’s humble roots

On this day in 1755, Alexander Hamilton is born. “Few figures in American history,” one of his biographers observes, “have aroused such visceral love or loathing as Alexander Hamilton.” Love him or hate him, but one aspect of his life is surely worth admiring: Hamilton resolutely pulled himself out of a childhood marred by scandal […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s final wish for a military academy

On this day in 1799, George Washington writes one of the last letters that he would ever write. He couldn’t then know it, but he was mere hours away from coming down with a fatal illness. Among his final written words? A letter about military academies—a subject near and dear to his heart. If only […]