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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

Roosevelt's Run for the presidency in 1912

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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)

President Abraham Lincoln's casket laying in state at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio on April 29, 1865.

. From OhioPix, a product of the Ohio Historical Society

August 9, 1974, Nixon Resigns, Chicago Tribune

Today in media history: President Nixon resigns | Poynter.

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

Brady NY cdv Willie and Tad Lincoln, sons of President Abraham Lincoln, with their cousin Lockwood Todd.

James Monroe, American Revolutionary War Hero and later President of the United States.

Portrait of James Monroe

Jacqueline Kennedy was born on July 28, 1929, in Southhampton, New York.

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.

Martin van Buren

Postcards of the Past - Vintage Postcards of US Presidents

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

In 1930, Congress passed a bill that created the Veterans Administration, authorizing the president to “consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans.” (photo: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)

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

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) as Secretary of Navy at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (NARA) December 12, 1916

Former presidents George H.W. Bush and son, George W. Bush

September 6th 1901: McKinley was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. The President died from gangrene which developed from the bullet wounds on September 14th and was succeeded by his Vice-President, Theodore Roosevelt.

November 25, 1963 Arlington Cemetery - The First Lady Jackie Kennedy with Bishop Philip Hannan at the funeral of President John F. Kennedy.

Eddie Adams Day: Celebrating the photojournalist

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first presidential candidate to use television advertisement. The clip, which aired in 1952, depicted a wide range of people – with differing professions - showing their support for Eisenhower. The cartoon also featured a caricature of the soon-to-be Commander in Chief. Around this time, television began playing a large part in American politics.

Video: "I Like Ike", 1952

First Ladies Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Pat Nixon, and Lady Bird Johnson at the Dedication of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library , 11/04/1991

In 1917, as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, FDR was sent to the Caribbean to inspect the Marine operations in Haiti and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to determine whether the approaches to the Panama Canal were wholly secure. These photos are from that trip. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1913-1920 during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency.

FDR in Haiti & the Dominican Republic

Susan Ford dancing in the East Room during her senior prom that was held at the White House on May 31, 1975.

The White House Prom of 1975

Susan Ford with her prom date Billy Pifer on board the Sequioa - the presidential yacht - before going to the dance that was held at the White House.

The White House Prom of 1975

Susan Ford talking with reporters during her prom that was held at the White House on May 31, 1975. Follow link for story.

The White House Prom of 1975