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Archive for October, 2015
Born on October 30th, 1735. If still alive today he would be 280 years old!
Presidential Term: 1797-1801
-Adams was the first President to live in the White House.
-Adams had a tough job filling Washington’s shoes. His advocacy of the Alien and Sedition Acts allowed him to silence critics, but made him unpopular. He lost reelection to Thomas Jefferson.
Born on October 27th, 1858. If still alive today he would be 157 years old!
Presidential Term: 1901-1909
-Roosevelt was one of the most activist Presidents. His many accomplishments included the building of the Panama Canal, cracking down on business monopolies, and creating many national parks.
-Roosevelt was the first President to visit a foreign country while in office.
Harry Truman was an early morning riser, up at 7:30 am, some two hours later than his Washington routine. On the advice of his physician, President Truman started his morning with a shot of bourbon, followed by a large glass of orange juice.
After his morning “medicine”, Truman would take a brisk walk around the compound, usually with the secret service and staff in tow. The prescribed walk spanned ten blocks at 120 paces a minute.
Around 8 am, Truman would return to the Little White House for breakfast of bacon, eggs, cereal, toast and a large glass of milk.
Many mornings began around 9 am with a staff meeting on the lawn.
Mid-morning saw Truman reading and responding to the enormous volume of official correspondence received from DC, including draft legislation, proclamations, appointments, and briefs on national and world politics. Mail arrived from DC via naval plane every other day.
After 11 am, Truman and staff would take a break at Fort Zach for swimming and sunbathing.
Lunch was at 1 pm. Most of the lunches were working lunches on the lawn. Every November, the annual budget and State of the Union Address was drafted in Key West. Many congressional and military leaders met with Truman at the Little White House.
Mid-afternoons were a relaxation period for most of Truman’s personnel. Truman wanted the Little White House to be an escape from the pressures of DC. Many staff members went deep-sea fishing, but Truman preferred swimming or walking.
In late afternoons, Truman would take a nap, read a book, or write home to Bess.
Dinner was in the dining room, of course. Truman usually hosted around 14 guests. After, movies were shown in the living room. Some read, and others joined Truman in a game of poker.
Born on October 14, 1890. If still alive today he would be 125 years old!
Presidential Term: 1953-1961
-A former World War II general and hero, Eisenhower helped end the Korean War and steered a moderate course during the Cold War.
-One of America’s most famous soldiers, “Ike” had wanted to go to the Naval Academy instead of West Point. He was turned down for being too old.
8 things you didn’t know about Chris:
1. She feels the most interesting thing about Mr. Truman was his determination to do what was right despite possible controversy.
2. She grew up as a Navy Jr., so she has no true place of origin as she has lived all over the world.
3. Her favorite thing about Key West is the ambiance.
4. Her favorite presidents are most of the democrats,
5. Her favorite actor is Meryl Streep.
6. She enjoys listening to everything form bluegrass, to rag time, to classic.. and of course, 70s rock.
7. If she could meet any historical figure it would be either Gandhi or Mother Theresa.
8. If she could go anywhere in the world she would like to go to either Mongolia, Burma, or New Zealand- she loves to be surrounded by natives and learn their cultures.
Chester A. Arthur:
Born on October 5, 1829. If still alive today he would be 186 years old!
Presidential Term: 1881-1885
-Arthur was unknown before being elected, but surprised people by being honest and responsible. He helped create the Civil Service.
-As a lawyer, Arthur defended a black woman who had been abused on a streetcar. He won the case, which led the streetcar companies to integrate.
Rutherford B. Hayes:
Born on October 4, 1822. If still alive today he would be 193 years old!
Presidential Term: 1877-1881
-Hayes is one of only three Presidents to lose the popular vote but win the office. He won the election by one electoral vote.
-Hayes’s wife, Lucy, was the first First Lady to graduate from college.