Tag: War of 1812

Margaret Bayard Smith

Margaret Bayard Smith - Chronicler of the American Republic

Margaret Bayard Smith (1778-1844) WHO SHE WAS: Margaret Bayard Smith was an acclaimed author, socialite, and a prominent figure in early American society. She was known for her insightful letters and journals which provide a rich account of the political and social life in Washington, D.C., particularly during the formative years of the American republic.

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson - A Controversial American President

Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) WHO HE WAS: Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States, serving from 1829 to 1837. Known as “Old Hickory” for his tough demeanor, he was a military hero who became a symbol of the American frontier and democracy. His presidency marked the rise of the common man and the

Stephen Decatur

Stephen Decatur, Hero of the American Navy

Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) WHO HE WAS: Stephen Decatur was a United States naval officer and Commodore known for his heroic actions during the early 19th century, particularly in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. His daring exploits and leadership made him one of the most celebrated naval figures in American history. WHAT HE

Treaty of Ghent: 24 December 1814

A historic painting depicting the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, with American and British delegates in discussion in a finely decorated room.

Treaty of Ghent: 24 December 1814 This “Treaty of Peace and Amity Between the United States and Great Britain” was signed on December 24, 1814. It ended the War of 1812, fought between Great Britain and the United States. Great Britain agreed to relinquish claims to the Northwest Territory, and both countries pledged to work

Report and Resolutions of the Hartford Convention: 04 January 1815

A political cartoon from 1814 illustrating figures contemplating a leap off a cliff, with one figure in regal attire eagerly waiting below.

Hartford Convention: Report and Resolutions, 04 January 1815 The Hartford Convention was a series of meetings from December 15, 1814, to January 5, 1815, in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, in which New England leaders of the Federalist Party met to discuss their grievances concerning the ongoing War of 1812 and the political problems arising from

Dolley Madison – Letter to Her Sister, Lucy Todd: 23 August 1814

A painting depicting First Lady Dolley Madison directing the removal of Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington from the White House during the War of 1812.

Dolley Madison: Letter to Her Sister, Lucy Todd, 23 August 1814 On August 23, 1814, from the White House, Dolley Madison penned a letter to her sister Lucy Todd, detailing her plans to evacuate Washington, D.C., amid the War of 1812. While the original letter is missing, Madison provided this copy to her biographer, Margaret

The Embargo Act of 1807 – On a Path Toward War

Embargo Act of 1807

The Embargo Act of 1807 – On the Path Toward War To many Americans, the Embargo Act seemed like a hair-brained idea, if ever there was one. On December 17, 1807, Napoleon Bonaparte issued the Milan Decree in answer to the British orders in council of November 11. The countermeasure ruled that all ships obeying

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

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

George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait), Gilbert Stuart (1796 ) Although George Washington sat for the most prominent artists of his day, Gilbert Stuart’s images of the first president and hero of the American Revolution have been so widely reproduced that it is almost impossible for Americans to conceive of Washington in any other way. Less than