The American Presidency
A Glorious Burden: "As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it." President Martin Van Buren
Almost every member of Teddy Roosevelt's family owned a pair of wooden stilts including, some sources state, the President and First Lady. He once caught his son Quentin trampling the flower bed with his stilts and ordered his son out of the gardens. At his rebuking Quentin sullenly responded, “I don’t see what good it does me for you to be President.”
Upon his return to Grand Rapids following overseas duty, Lt. Commander Gerald Ford, Jr., shows his parents, Dorothy Gardner Ford and Gerald R. Ford, Sr., a map of the Pacific Theater, indicating the voyages of the aircraft carrier USS MONTEREY on January 2, 1946.
During Jimmy Carter's 1975 presidential campaign, he was often referred to as "the peanut farmer from Georgia." But biographies of the candidate often neglected to mention that, before his successful farming and feed supply business and political career, Carter had been a Navy submarine officer. His seven-year naval career ended only when James Earl Carter Sr. died and his son chose to save the family farm.
Nicolay Copy of the Gettysburg Address. There are five known manuscript copies of the Gettysburg Address. President Lincoln gave one copy to John Nicolay and John Hays – his two private secretaries. The copy that Nicolay received is often called the “first draft” because it is believed to be the earliest copy that exists. The other three were done by Lincoln long after for charity purposes.