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Comment by Rich Rubino on March 11, 2013 at 8:15pm

John Tyler’s Distinction: The Only former President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate to become President of the United States was John Tyler. 

Comment by Rich Rubino on March 10, 2013 at 2:22am

Say Cheese: In 1848, James K. Polk became the first sitting President to be photographed.  Mathew Brady took the picture.

Comment by Rich Rubino on March 9, 2013 at 3:26am

Talk About Humiliation: In 1872, four years after leaving the Presidency, Andrew Johnson lost a race for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in his home state of Tennessee. 

Comment by Rich Rubino on March 7, 2013 at 8:53pm

The Lincoln-Kennedy Coincidence?  It is an urban legend that Abraham Lincoln had a Personal Secretary whose last name was Kennedy. His two secretaries were named John Hay and John G. Nicolay.  It is true, however, that John F. Kennedy had a Personal Secretary whose last name was Lincoln (Evelyn Lincoln).

Comment by Rich Rubino on March 6, 2013 at 9:39pm

President Named After Delivery Man: Chester A. Arthur was named after Chester Abell, the doctor who delivered him as a baby.

Comment by Rich Rubino on March 5, 2013 at 8:08pm

Destiny?  The first known reported break-in at the Watergate Complex in Washington D.C. was not the 1972 break-in at the Democratic Headquarters (which led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon). The first break-in was in 1969.  Burglars purloined jewelry from an apartment in the building.  Ironically, the apartment was rented by Rosemary Woods, the personal secretary to President Nixon. Woods is known in history for admitting to “inadvertently” erasing part of the June 20, 1972 audiotape involving President Richard M. Nixon. The tape was a critical part of the Watergate Investigation.

Comment by Rich Rubino on March 4, 2013 at 9:40pm

Kid Gloves Harrison: Suffering from an unsightly skin condition, President Benjamin Harrison wore gloves. His critics, not cognizant of his medical condition, called him  “Kid Gloves Harrison.”

Comment by Rich Rubino on March 1, 2013 at 4:24pm

Tar Heel Veep Hiatus: In 1852, both of the major party Vice Presidential nominees were native North Carolinians. The Democrats nominated William Rufus King (at the time a U.S. Senator from Alabama).  The Whigs nominated North Carolina’s William Alexander Graham (a former Governor and U.S. Senator from that state). The Democratic ticket of Franklin Pierce and William Rufus King defeated the Whig ticket of Winfield Scott and William Alexander Graham. The only other Native North Carolinian to garner the nomination of a major Party for the Vice Presidency was U.S. Senator John Edwards in 2004.

Comment by Rich Rubino on February 28, 2013 at 6:34pm

West Virginia Honors State “Byrd:” In 2000, the West Virginia Legislature voted U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd as “West Virginian of the Twentieth Century.”  As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Byrd earmarked billions of dollars for federal projects in West Virginia.

Comment by Rich Rubino on February 27, 2013 at 9:27pm

Dixie Trends Republican: In the Presidential Election of 2008, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and West Virginia were the only states where the Democratic Presidential nominee, Barack Obama, scored a lesser percentage of the vote than Democratic nominee John Kerry in 2004.

 

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