H.L. Mencken did not hide his dislike of President Warren G. Harding. He was especially loathful of Harding’s mangling of the English language and called such utterings “Gamalielese”, in honor of the […]
“As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks […]
President Abraham Lincoln holds the distinction of being the only US President to have obtained a patent. The US Patent Office issued Patent No. 6,469 for “Buoying Vessels Over Shoals” on May […]
President Calvin Coolidge earned his nickname “Silent Cal” by saying no more than absolutely necessary. One Sunday morning his wife, Grace, was I’ll and unable to attend church with him. When the […]
Confederate General Richard Ewell believed himself to be a bird, eating grains of wheat and sunflower seeds for meals. There were persistent stories from soldiers on guard duty claiming that the General […]
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” — Ronald Reagan
“ Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” — Abraham […]
The American revolutionary James Otis Jr. hoped his death would come by a bolt of lightning and often told his friends and relatives about it. His sister reported him telling her, “My […]
In 1876 a handful of mobsters botched a morbid plan to kidnap the body of Abraham Lincoln and hold it ransom. The hapless grave robbers were arrested just a few days later. […]
Robert Lincoln was once saved from possible serious injury or death by Edwin Booth, famous actor and brother of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of his father. The incident took place on […]
Students of history know that Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. What is not commonly known is that Burr shot Hamilton in the groin.
On February 19, 1803, President Jefferson signed an act of Congress that approved Ohio’s boundaries and constitution. However, Congress had never passed a resolution formally admitting Ohio as the 17th state. The […]
The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
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