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 […]

This Day in History: 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 […]

This Day in History: Jefferson Davis passes away

On this day in 1889, Jefferson Davis passes away. He is best known as the former President of the Confederate States of America. How ironic, given Davis’s feelings about the Civil War. He didn’t really want to secede from the Union in the first place, and he would have preferred not to serve as President […]