This Day in History: William McKinley, one of our lesser-known Presidents

On this day in 1843, William McKinley is born. He is one of those Presidents that you don’t hear too much about, perhaps in part because his time in office was cut short by a deranged gunman. As a young man, McKinley fought for the Union during the Civil War. He served under future President […]

This Day in History: President John Tyler, “His Accidency”

On this day in 1862, former President John Tyler passes away. You probably don’t know too much about Tyler. His presidency was fairly unremarkable — except for the congressional resolution to annex Texas, of course! Having said that, Tyler set one very important precedent: What happens when a President dies in office? It had never […]

This Day in History: Edwin Stanton avenges Lincoln’s death

On this day in 1862, Edwin Stanton is confirmed as Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of War. He’d been nominated only two days earlier. It’s hard to imagine such an easy confirmation process these days, isn’t it? Stanton would become one of Lincoln’s closest advisors, so perhaps it is unsurprising that he rushed to Lincoln’s side when […]

This Day in History: Future First Lady Grace Coolidge is born

On this day in 1879, a future First Lady of the United States is born. Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge was an only child—and the apple of her parents’ eye. The “sun, moon, and stars, in the opinion of my parents, revolved about my infant head,” she would later joke. Her life was forever changed when […]

This Day in History: Texas joins the Union as the 28th state

God Bless Texas! On this day in 1845, Texas joins the Union as the 28th state. Of course, we were the Republic of Texas immediately before that. Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836, and it was an independent nation for more than nine years before it joined the Union. But annexation into the […]