Millard Filmore #13

February 17, 2017 Frank Freidel 0

In his rise from a log cabin to wealth and the White House, Millard Fillmore demonstrated that through methodical industry and some competence an uninspiring […]

Zachary Taylor #12

February 17, 2017 Frank Freidel 0

Northerners and Southerners disputed sharply whether the territories wrested from Mexico should be opened to slavery, and some Southerners even threatened secession. Standing firm, Zachary […]

James Polk #11

February 17, 2017 Frank Freidel 0

Often referred to as the first “dark horse” President, James K. Polk was the last of the Jacksonians to sit in the White House, and […]

John Tyler #10

February 16, 2017 Frank Freidel 0

Dubbed “His Accidency” by his detractors, John Tyler was the first Vice President to be elevated to the office of President by the death of […]

Martin Van Buren #8

February 16, 2017 Frank Freidel 0

Only about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, but trim and erect, Martin Van Buren dressed fastidiously. His impeccable appearance belied his amiability–and his humble background. […]

Andrew Jackson #7

February 16, 2017 Frank Freidel 0

More nearly than any of his predecessors, Andrew Jackson was elected by popular vote; as President he sought to act as the direct representative of […]

James Monroe #5

February 15, 2017 Frank Freidel 0

James Monroe (1758-1831), the fifth U.S. president, oversaw major westward expansion of the U.S. and strengthened American foreign policy in 1823 with the Monroe Doctrine, […]

James Madison #4

January 28, 2017 Frank Freidel 0

1. He was America’s smallest president. Madison was a sickly and slightly built man who stood just 5 feet 4 inches tall and rarely tipped […]