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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

John F. Kennedy, wearing hard hat, talks with miners in West Virginia during the Presidential Primary campaign in April 1960.

Verbose even on campaign posters, Teddy Roosevelt speaks from rail car in Boston on the campaign trail. (Photo: Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.)

Four year old Teddie Theodore Roosevelt in 1862. TR suffered greatly from asthma causing him to be sick frequently.

Roosevelt addresses the crowd at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony from the White House South Portico on December 24, 1941. Churchill can be seen on the right. (FDR Presidential Library)

In 1884, Alice Lee Roosevelt was born in the Roosevelt family home at 6 West 57th St. in New York City. Her mother, Alice, was a Boston banking heiress. Her father, Theodore, was then a New York State Assemblyman. Two days after her birth, in the same house, her mother died of undiagnosed Bright's disease; also, on the same day, her paternal grandmother, Martha Bulloch Roosevelt, died of typhoid fever.

Before he was president, Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender. During his time in New Salem, Illinois, Lincoln was co-owner of the Berry-Lincoln Store, a general store/drinking establishment, with William Berry. (Follow link to read the story)

Official White House portrait of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States, 1974-1977. He also served as vice-president after Spiro Agnew resigned, under Richard Nixon, 1973-1974. Ford became president after Nixon’s resignation.

President Gerald Ford Official Portrait Photo Print for Sale

Newlyweds Nancy and Ronald Reagan enjoy ice cream cones. On July 9, 1984, President Reagan issued Proclamation 5219 that designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.

On July 4, 1872, Calvin Coolidge was born and would become the 30th president of the United States, when he got to put on an Indian headdress and pose for this picture. Actually in 1924, President Coolidge signed a bill granting Native Americans full citizenship. In the photo left, Coolidge was made a chief of the Sioux by Henry Standing Bear.

Ethic Soup: July 4th in History

President Reagan talking with actress Audrey Hepburn and Robert Wolders at a private dinner for the Prince of Wales at the White House. May 2, 1981. Audrey Hepburn and Robert Wolders were partners from 1980 until Hepburn’s death in 1993.

Reagan with Audrey Hepburn & Robert Wolders, 1981