This Day in History: President James Garfield’s assassin is hanged

On this day in 1882, Charles J. Guiteau is hanged for the assassination of President James Garfield. Would you believe that Guiteau shot the President simply because he’d been denied a job in the Garfield administration? Guiteau was a seedy character, to say the least. He had a long history of running away from bill […]

This Day in History: Martha Washington passes away

On this day in 1802, Martha Washington passes away. Her family mourned her passing, but Martha herself was ready to go. She would finally join her beloved George! His death in December 1799 had been very hard on her. “The zest of life has departed,” one visitor to Mount Vernon would observe of her afterwards. […]

This Day in History: President Andrew Jackson issues the Nullification Proclamation

On this day in 1832, President Andrew Jackson issues the Nullification Proclamation. In it, he claimed that states may not declare federal laws unconstitutional and then refuse to obey them. It was an event that contributed to the tension between North and South in the years before the Civil War. The Jackson-era nullification crisis came […]