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Presidents, and History

ABRAHAM LINCOLN the 16th President of the United States failed in business. In his early twenties Lincoln opened a business in New Salem, Illinois. Lincoln and a partner opened a general store, buying inventory on credit and building up debt. His partner died. The business went bust. Despite his deep debts, Abraham Lincoln rose to become one of our most famous and admired Presidents of all time.

First map to use the name ‘America’

The Kennedys en route to the inaugural concert in 1961. #fashion #inauguration

President and Mrs. Reagan on their way to several Inaugural Balls in 1981. #fashion #inauguration

Dwight Eisenhower kicks the football at West Point.

On August 22, 1902, Theodore Roosevelt became the first president of the United States to ride (publicly) in an automobile.

George Washington marshaled an out-numbered, ill-trained army to victory over the British by learning the importance of simply keeping his army intact and winning an occasional victory to rally public support.

Thomas Jefferson, Colonel, Virginia Militia 1770-1779

General Andrew Jackson, known as Old Hickory, defended the city of New Orleans from the British attack during the War of 1812. Major General, U.S. Army

Colonel James Madison, Virginia Militia 1775-1781

General Andrew Jackson, known as Old Hickory, defended the city of New Orleans from the British attack during the War of 1812. Major General, U.S. Army

William Henry Harrison was a soldier, farmer, and outdoorsman; but his term as President would end prematurely. He caught a cold after giving a two hour inaugural address without a coat or hat and would die in office just three weeks later.

Lieutenant Colonel James Monroe, Continental Army 1775-1778

William Henry Harrison was a soldier, farmer, and outdoorsman; but his term as President would end prematurely. He caught a cold after giving a two hour inaugural address without a coat or hat and would die in office just three weeks later.

James K. Polk, Tennessee Militia 1821

Captain John Tyler, Virginia Militia 1812

Brigadier General Franklin Pierce U.S. Army (State Militia, New Hampshire). Enlisted as a Private in the Mexican-American War.)

Zachary Taylor, U.S. Army

Major Millard Fillmore Union Continentals (Home Guard), New York Militia Served during the Civil War and the Mexican-American War after his departure from the Presidency.

President James Buchanan, one of the first volunteers in the War of 1812 and served in the defense of Baltimore;

During the Black Hawk War, Abraham Lincoln of New Salem, Illinois served three enlistments.

President Andrew Johnson served in The American Civil War, as the Military Governor of Tennessee in 1862

An image of General Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War

With the start of the Civil War, Rutherford Hayes left a life of leisure to accept a commission as a major in the 23rd Ohio Infantry. Hayes enjoyed the rugged military life and fought bravely, receiving four wounds in action during his service.

The Civil War battle of Middle Creek, Ky., has been called "the battle that made a presidency" -- that of James A. Garfield, our nation's 20th chief executive officer