Monday, February 16, 2015

Presidents' Day

President Aaron Burr (Almost!)
As we celebrate Presidents' Day, one man we do not honor is Aaron Burr. But if things had gone a little differently in the unfinished Capitol building 214 years ago this week, perhaps President Burr's profile would be on the nickel.

Robert McNamara
19th Century History Expert
The Deadlocked Election of 1800
Thanks to a flaw in the Constitution, the election of 1800 resulted in a tie between two men who had been running mates, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Congress met to break the tie on February 17, 1801. It took dozens of ballots over several days to sort it all out (and the Constitution had to be amended to keep it from happening again).
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Lincoln's Sons
This week marks the anniversary of the death of 11-year-old Willie Lincoln in a White House bedroom. The loss of a son in 1862 devastated the Lincoln family, and his mother'sextended mourning helped spark rumors of her mental instability
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The First War Photographer
The first war photographer was Roger Fenton, who lugged his clumsy camera gear from London to the Crimean War in 1855. He took some remarkable photos of soldiers in dress uniforms and exotic landscapes. But a failure to understand his potential audience led him not to focus on the war itself.
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The Ice King
As people endure a relentless winter, we can admire the genius of Frederic Tudor, the New England businessman who did something truly astounding: he sold ice to people who had never seen it. Harvesting ice from New England ponds, he made a fortune shipping it as far as India.
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