Stephen Douglas

Stephen A. Douglas, Advocate of Popular Sovereignty

Stephen Douglas (1813-1861) WHO HE WAS: Stephen Arnold Douglas was a prominent American politician from Illinois, best known for his series of debates with Abraham Lincoln during the 1858 Illinois Senate race. Douglas, often dubbed the “Little Giant” for his diminutive stature but formidable political influence, was a leading advocate for the doctrine of popular

James Buchanan

James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States

James Buchanan (1791-1868) WHO HE WAS: James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States, was the last to serve before the American Civil War. His presidency is often associated with inaction in the face of growing sectional tensions, which ultimately escalated into secession and conflict after he left office. A lifelong bachelor, he was

Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States

Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) WHO HE WAS: Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, served during a time of apparent tranquility that belied the simmering tensions leading to the Civil War. A northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation, Pierce’s presidency is marked by

John Tyler

President John Tyler, portrait

John Tyler (1790-1862) WHO HE WAS: John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States, who assumed office after the untimely death of President William Henry Harrison. Tyler was the first vice president to become president due to the death of his predecessor, setting a significant constitutional precedent. Known as “His Accidency,” Tyler’s presidency

Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren, the Eighth President of the United States

Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) WHO SHE WAS: Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States, a key organizer of the Democratic Party, and a principal architect of American political organization during the early 19th century. Before his presidency, he served as the Secretary of State and the Vice President under Andrew Jackson,

George Washington

George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait), Gilbert Stuart (1796 )

George Washington (1732-1799) WHO HE WAS: George Washington served as a statesman, a Founding Father, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and notably, as the first President of the United States. His leadership and vision have positioned him as an indelible icon of American history. WHAT HE SAID: “Liberty, when

September 25, 1919: Woodrow Wilson Incapacitated

A colorized photograph of an old and frail President Woodrow Wilson, covered in a blanket, riding in a vehicle.

#OTD20 | September 25, 1919 Woodrow Wilson’s Debilitating Stroke: A Secret Crisis in American Governance September 25, 1919: President Woodrow Wilson collapses while in Colorado, rallying public support for the League of Nations. The president is rushed back to Washington. One week later he suffers a crippling stroke that leaves him incapacitated for weeks. For