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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

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

Jimmy Carter and his mother.

A Fé Que Mata! | Discernimento Cristão

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.

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

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.