This Day in History: Benjamin Harrison wins the White House, despite a popular vote defeat

On this day in 1888, Benjamin Harrison defeats Grover Cleveland for the presidency, despite losing the national popular vote. Cleveland had won 5.5 million votes nationwide! By contrast, Harrison had only 5.4 million. Wait. But Harrison won anyway!? Yes, he did! 😉 The national popular vote tally has no legal significance under our Electoral College […]

This Day in History: The Statue of Liberty is dedicated

On this day in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland. It was then called Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World. It was a gift from the people of France. The idea for the statue first came from Edouard de Laboulaye, a French political thinker, in 1865. He proposed that a […]

This Day in History: The Erie Canal Opens

On this day in 1825, the Erie Canal opens. Did you know that the project was not funded by the federal government? It could have been but for one thing: the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, was President at a critical moment. He vetoed a funding bill because of concerns about its constitutionality. Yes, […]

This Day in History: The end of the Pony Express

On this day in 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph is sent, bringing an end to the Pony Express. The task seemed impossible at first! How could cable be stretched over 2,000 miles of country, including the Rocky Mountains and many areas where it was assumed that Indians would cut down lines or attack the workers? […]

This Day in History: Old Ironsides is launched!

On this day in 1797, Old Ironsides is launched! “Old Ironsides” is the nickname that was given to the USS Constitution, one of the first six frigates built for the U.S. Navy during the early years of our country. Initially, the frigate was used in the Quasi War with France and the Barbary Wars, but […]