Thank You Mr. President
This Blog is dedicated to the good Presidents of the United States
have accomplished in service to this nation.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
John Quincy Adams
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Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States, 1825 – 1829, was the only President to win the Presidency with fewer
electoral votes and fewer popular votes than his opponent. He was selected over Andrew Jackson, by House of Representatives,
according to Article II of the Constitution. The election of 1824 put an end to the old political system in the United States,
and opened the way to a more democratic process.
Due to the fact that John Quincy Adams was not the people’s
choice, he could get little done as President. Recognizing this, he stated in his inaugural address, “Less
possessed of your confidence in advance than any of my predecessors, I am deeply conscious of the prospect that I shall stand
more and oftener in need of you indulgence. Intentions upright and pure, a heart devoted to the welfare
of our country, and the unceasing application of all the faculties allotted to me to her service are all the pledges that
I can give for the faithful performance of the arduous duties I am to undertake.”
Deeply saddened by the landslide lost to Andrew
Jackson for re-election, Adams had no reason to live on, writing in his diary, “I have no plausible motive for wishing
to live, when everything that I foresee and believe of makes death desirable.”
Then with no campaigning on his part the people
of his home district in Massachusetts elected him in 1830 to the House of Representatives, where he served for the next eighteen
years, until his death on February 23, 1848, when he suddenly became ill on the House floor.
During his service
he labored continually to cool the passions on the issues of slavery. In 1845, Adams was successful in
removing the gag rule in the House that prevented the discussion of slavery.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Andrew Johnson - Not To Be Pushed Around
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Seventeenth President of the United States, 1865 – 1869, impeached because he refused to let Congress usurp presidential
rights, missed conviction and removal from office by one senatorial vote. Johnson’s fortitude in
the face of overwhelming congressional pressure strengthened the presidency and helped preserve the separation of powers among
the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the government.
Before his Presidency, as a Tennessee Democrat,
he was the only southern senator who refused to follow his seceding state. As President, due to Lincoln’s
death, he made enemies of Republican Radicals because he believed, as President Lincoln, that the South should be treated
more as a wayward friend than a conquered enemy. Johnson was the only President to be elected to the Senate
after the Presidency.
President Johnson’s last annual address to Congress in 1868, he bitterly denounced the legislator’s repeated violations
of the Constitution stating, “Our own history, although embracing a period of less than a century, affords abundant
proof that most, if not all, of our domestic troubles are directly traceable to violations of the organic law and excessive
the most valuable achievement of the Johnson administration was the acquisition of Alaska. This vast northern
territory proved to be worth far more than its purchase price of $7.2 million.
A quote from President Johnson: "Our Government springs
from and was made for the people--not the people for the Government. To them it owes allegiance; from them it must derive
its courage, strength, and wisdom."
The American Presidents, David C. Whitney; A Call To America, Bryan Curtis
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Warren G. Harding - Peace Maker
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Warren G. Harding, twenty-ninth President of the United States,1921
- 1923, was the first man to move directly from the U. S. Senate to the Presidency. He received over 16,000,000 votes, nearly
twice as many as any other President, many from women voting for the first time, and was the first President to have the election
results of his victory broadcast on radio.
international stage, Harding won the respect of other nations by calling the Washington Conference for the Limitation of Armament
in1921. As a result of this conference, Harding's reputation as a peace maker was assured in foreign capitals.
When Congess passed a huge soldier's bonus bill
for veterans of World War I, President Harding courageously vetoed it, pointing out that the bill did not provide the necessary
revenues to pay the bonus.
A quote of President
Harding: " We mean to have less of Government in businesss and more business in Government."
Reference: The American Presidents, David C. Whitney
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Dwight D. Eisenhower - Interstate Act
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Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President, 1953 - 1961, a graduate of West
Point and a military hero, led the invasion on Normandy in 1943. In 1957, President Eisenhower sent U. S. troops into Little
Rock Arkansas to control a segregation crisis. The largest public works program in American history came under Eisenhower's
administration, the Interstate Act, providing the interstate highway system of over 41,000 miles.
A quote of President Eisenhower: "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the
Friday, January 27, 2012
Abraham Lincoln Attempts to Save The Union
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By the time Abraham
Lincoln, the Sixteenth President elect of the United States reached the nation’s capital to take the oath of office,
seven southern states had already left the union and others were preparing to secede. In his attempt to
allay southern fears that his accession to office signaled a Republican determination to abolish slavery, he quoted form a
previous speech he had made: “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution
of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination
to do so.”
warned that he did not recognize the secession from the Union of the southern states, saying, “I therefore consider
that in view of the Constitution and the laws, the Union is unbroken, and to the extent of my ability I shall take care, as
the Constitution itself expressly enjoins upon me, that the laws of the Union be faithfully executed in all the States.”
Lincoln went on to say, “In doing this there needs to be no bloodshed or violence, and there shall be none unless
it be forced upon the national authority….In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the
momentous issue of civil war…. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion
may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.”
A quote of President Lincoln: "The union must be preserved,
and hence, all indispensable means must be employed."
Reference, The American Presidents, David C. Whitney.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Benjamin Harrison Expands Nation
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Benjamin Harison, twenty-third President of the United States, 1889-1893,
grandson of William Henry Harrison, born in Ohio, who campained in 1888 with the song, "Grandfather's Hat Fits Ben."
The democrats countered with cartoons showing that it took a microscope to find Ben under his grandfather's hat.
The most important development of Harrison's administration was the continuing
growth of the United States, adding six new states, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dekota, and South Dekota, bringing
the total to forty-four. The population reached 63 million in 1890, an increase of more than 25 percent in a single
decade, settling the country from coast to coast. Scientific and technical progress was equally impressive. Electric
light were installed in the White House.
won the renonination on the first ballot, but lost the election to former President Cleveland, partly due to the high prices,
brought on by the Mckinley Tariff Act.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Calvin Coolidge A True Conservative
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President Coolidge assumed office when President Harding died, the only
President to take the oath of office from his father, a notary public. Coolidge restored some of the dinity to
the White House from the scandals of the former administration. He accepted the resignation of Secretary of the Navy
Denby and forced the resignation of Attorney General Daugherty. To deal with the previous administration's scandals,
Coolidge appointed two future Supreme Court Justices: Owen J.Roberts as special prosecutor and Harlan F. Store as Attorney
General. In a press conference, he summed up, "Let the guilty be punished."
In his inaugural address on March 4, 1925, President Coolidge concluded with these words: "America seeks
no earthly empire built on blood and force. No ambition, no temptation, lures her to thought of foreign dominions.
The Legions which she sends forth are armed, not with the sword, but with the cross. The higher state to which she seeks
the allegiance of all mankind is not of human, but of devine origin. She cherishes no purpose save to merit the favor
of Almighty God."
President Coolidge was credited as pro-business,
reducing the national debt and lowering taxes. He did not seek re-election in 1928, some say it was because he saw the depression
Years after his death, President Hoover wrote:
Mr. Coolidge was a real conservative, probably the equal of Benjamin Harrison. The country was prosperous and I suspect
that he enjoyed the phrase, "Coolidge prosperity", more that any other tag which the newspapers and the public pinned
on Him....Any summation of Mr. Coolidge's services to the country must conclude that America is a better place for his having
lived in it."
A quote of President Coolidge: "Patriotism
is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country."
Reference, The American Presidents, David C. Whitney.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
William Henry Harrison - In Office One Month
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William Henry Harrison,
ninth President of the United States, served the shortest presidential term in American history, March 4, 1841 – April
4, 1841. After running and defeating Martin Van Buren, with John Tyler as running mate, on the catchy phrase,
“Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”, died from the complications of a cold turning into pneumonia, after being in office
for only 31 days. Some say it was due to the longest inaugural address on record, given bareheaded on a
cold rainy, and blustery day.
In the middle of Harrison’s campaign, a Van Buren supporter made the statement
about Harrison, “Give him a barrel of hard cider and settle a pension of two thousand a year on him and, my word for
it, he will sit the remainder of his days in a log cabin.”
The Whigs pounced on the remark and turned it
into their candidate’s favor, playing Harrison as the rugged frontiersman, running against Van Buren, a New York city-slicker,
with the campaign song: “What has caused this great commotion, motion Our country through? It
is the ball a-rolling on, For Tippecanoe and Tyler too, Tippecanoe and Tyler too. And with them we’ll
beat little Van, Van, Van; Van is a used-up man.”
Harrison won with a landslide electoral vote of 234 to 60. Almost
a million more voters went to the polls in this election, being the first election in which either candidate received over
a million votes, with the popular votes tallying at over one million for each candidate.
William Henry Harrison ran on his military career,
not having must to say about the problems of the day. He pushed for a one term limit on the office of President.
In his inaugural address he discussed what he called, “the impropriety of Executive interference in the legislation
of Congress”, asserting that “the article in the Constitution making it the duty of the President to communicate
information and authorizing him to recommend measures was not intended to make him the source in legislation, and, in particular,
that he should never be looked to for schemes of finance.
He went on to say in his address, “Men blinded by their
passions have been known to adopt measures for their country in direct opposition to all the suggestions of policy.”
And “If parties in a republic are necessary to secure a degree of vigilance sufficient to keep the public functionaries
within the bounds of law and duty, at that point their usefulness ends. Harrison’s last words on
his death bed were to one of his physicians: “Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the Government. I
wish them carried out. I ask nothin more.”
A quote of President Harrison: "I contend that the strongest of all
governments is that which is most free."
Reference, The American Presidents, David C.
Whitney, Updated by Robin Vaughn Whitney.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Chester A Arthur and Civil Service
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Chester A. Arthur, 21st President, 1881-1885, signed the Pendleton
Act that created the modern civil service system. President Arthur was credited for transforming the White House into a showplace,
by hiring the most famous designer in New York, Louis Tiffany.
A quote from President Arthur: "Men may die, but the fabrics of our free institutions remain unshaken."
Reference, A Call To America, 2002
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
James K. Polk Settles Much In A Short Time
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James K. Polk settled the Oregon boundary dispute with England and signed
the Treaty of 1848 with Mexico, giving the United States control over California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and parts
of Colorado and Wyomong.
Before becoming President, Polk served
as: a member of the Tennessee State Legislature, member of U. S. House of Representatives, Speaker of the House, and Governor
A quote of President Polk: "We must
ever mandate the principle that the people of this continent alone have the right to decide their own destiny."
Zachary Taylor and California
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Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States, 1849-1850,
died in office a hero in the Mexican war, Old Rough and Ready, a career soldier worked hard to have California admitted to
the union as a free state.
A quote from President
Taylor: "The axe, pick, saw and trowel, have become more the implement of the American soldier than the cannon,
musket or sword."
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Theodore Roosevelt and The Panama Canal
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Theodore Roosevelt was the commander of the Rough Riders cavalry
regiment during the Spanish-American War. During his terms as the 26th President, educated at Harvard College, Roosevelt
began construction of the Panama Canal, as well as being awarded the Nobel Peace Price after mediating the end of the Russo-Japanese
Other offices held by Roosevelt in service to America:
Member of New York State Assembly, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Governor of New York and Vice President.
A quote of President Roosevelt: "There is no room in this country for
George Washington A Man of Utmost Character
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At war’s end in 1782, George
Washington faced perhaps the biggest crisis of his career, one that would define his character
as a great American hero. His men had forgone pay for as much as six years during the war, with
a nearly bankrupt Congress, considering a permanent non-payment of the troops.
himself was approached to lead an armed rebellion against Congress to allow him to be
set up as king, but these men did not understand his character. He responded with these
words, “You could not have found a person to whom your schemes are more disagreeable”,
“Banish these thoughts from your minds.
On March 15, 1783, Washington
met with the men in Newburgh, New York. “Gentlemen”,
he spoke, addressing a crowded room, “As I was among the first who embarked
in the cause of our common Country; as I never left your side one moment, but when called from you on public
duty; as I have been the constant companion and witness of your Distresses…it can be scarcely
be supposed…that I am indifferent to your interests. But… this dreadful
alternative, of either deserting our Country in the extremist hour of her distress, or
turning our Arms against it,… has something so shocking in it that humanity revolts from the
idea…I spun it, as every man who regards liberty… undoubtedly must.” Washington,
by his selfless example, had shamed the conspirators out of their plot.
Monday, January 16, 2012
The Monroe Doctrine
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James Monroe gave fifty years of service to the nation as a member
of the Virginia Assembly, delegate to the Confederate Congress, United States Senator,
governor of Virginia, minister to France, Great Britain, and Spain, Secretary of State,
Secretary of War, and the fifth President of the United States.
In his eight years as President, a period
that the Federalist had been defeated forever and Whigs had not yet risen, Monroe
accomplish much in American policy. During this period population and wealth grew rapidly, and a flourishing
country flexed its muscle, and recognized its strength.
Monroe’s two terms sparkled with diplomatic achievements,
the Rush-Bagot Agreement in 1817, providing for the practical disarmament of the Great
Lakes; agreement with Spain in 1819 and with Russia in 1824 whereby they renounced any
claim to the Territory of Oregon; an agreement with Great Britain in 1818 to a boundary line between
the United States and Canada. But the most important of all Monroe’s diplomacy was
the one bearing his name, The Monroe Doctrine.
Doctrine was the declaration in December 1823, buried in President Monroe’s annual message to Congress, that
the United States would not tolerate a European nation colonizing an independent nation in
North or South America. Any such intervention in the western hemisphere would be considered
a hostile act by the United States, though the United States would respect existing European
colonies. It was a declaration of separation of the New World from the Old, which exercised a powerful
influence on policy for many generations, and did much to shape the diplomatic action of the United States
in its early years.
Department of Navy
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John Adams, second President of the United States, was elected to the Continental
Congress and was one of the most powerful voices supporting the Declaration of Independence.
He was the main voice in the appointment of George Washington as Commander-In-Chief
of the 16,000 New England Minute Men. He served twice as Vice President
under Washington. During the Adams administration the Department of Navy was created.
From the moment Adam assumed office he was confronted with a crisis in relations with France that dominated his entire
administration, being in constant threat of war, but just before his administration ended, Adams had the satisfaction of receiving
a peace agreement with France and seeing it approved by the Senate.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
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Louisiana Purchase A Great Real Estate Deal
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, Secretary
of State under Washington and Vice President under John Adams, as President, secured
the most important piece of real estate in the history of this nation, The Louisiana Purchase.
The purchase of the Louisiana territory from
the French was the making of America as we know it today, a two ocean world power. It gave us control of some of the most
fertile territory and some of the richest mines in the world. It gave
us control of the Mississippi River, which was a vital commercial route, free of Spanish
Louisiana Purchase made the Mississippi River firmly American, as well as the vast stretch
of country reaching to the Rockies. The United States could now turn its back on the Atlantic
world and the troubles in Europe for a century. We could devote ourselves to
developing our own immense resources and internal markets, unhampered by tariffs between
the states. We could provide for a growing population.
Kentucky was no longer the West.
References taken from the writings of Historian,
John Bakeless, New York University.
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Jackson's Use of Presidential Power
spectacular act as President expressed his sense of devotion to the people in the redistribution of federal
jobs, which he and his supporters called, “rotation-in-office” and his opponents
called the ‘spoils system”. Jackson’s intents were very clear, which
were to break the monopoly of office-holding by a certain class and to open up the United States
government to the man in the street.
This was the first of a series designed to serve the political,
social and economic desires of the common man. His greatest fight
was against the Bank of the United States, a privately controlled banking corporation,
enjoying unique and profitable powers over the whole system of currency and credit. Jackson
felt this power in private hands was incompatible with democracy and was being used to the benefit
of the already well-to-do, which restricted economic opportunity for the men who had
their way to make.
Jackson exercised the power of veto on the bank’s re-charter, he made this statement,
“It is to be regretted, that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government
to their selfish purposes…to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of
society, the farmers, mechanics, and laborers, who have neither the time nor the means
of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of
References taken from the writings of Historian, Authur Schlesinger, Jr.,
Associate Professor, Harvard University, Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Jackson
Philosopher of the Constitution
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It was James Madison who put a solid foundation
under democratic self-government. He said, “The abuses of democracy
were at their worst in small republics (states). The only remedy was
to enlarge the sphere of government that would divide the community into so great a number of interests and parties that
it would be difficult to organize a majority for the oppression of the minority.
State governments, being inclined to oppress minorities, must be held in check
by federal authority and the federal authorities held in check by different branches
of government.” His view was accepted and is built upon to this day. James
Madison truly is the Philosopher of the Constitution.
from the writings of Historian, Irving Brant.
Thomas Jefferson Founded The University of Virginia
The service that Thomas Jefferson is thought most
memorable was the founding, in his old age, of the University of Virginia.
Jefferson stands in our national history as the most eminent early apostle of education for everyone according
to his abilities, regarding universal education a necessary corollary of political self-government,
stating, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was
and never will be."
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