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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Zachary TAYLOR (24 November 1784, , Virginia, USA - 9 July 1850, Washington, DC, USA)

1849 - March 4 - Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) becomes 12th President of the United States. He dies in office after 16 months.

During the revival of the slavery controversy, which was to result in the Compromise of 1850, Taylor began to take an increasingly firm stand against appeasing the South; but he died in Washington on ... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Millard FILLMORE (7 January 1800, , Cayuga County, New York, USA - 8 March 1874, Buffalo, New York, USA)

1850 - July 9 - Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) becomes 13th President of the United States

As president, Fillmore associated himself with the pro-Southern Whigs, supporting the Compromise of 1850. Defeated for the Whig nomination in 1852, he ran for president in 1856 as candidate of the... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Franklin PIERCE (23 November 1804, , New Hampshire, USA - 8 October 1869, Concord, New Hampshire, USA)

1853 - March 4 - Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) becomes 14th President of the United States

As president, Pierce followed a course of appeasing the South at home and of playing with schemes of territorial expansion abroad. The failure of his foreign and domestic policies prevented his... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   James BUCHANAN (23 April 1791, , Pennsylvania, USA - 1 June 1868, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA)

1857 - March 4 - James Buchanan (1791-1868) becomes 15th President of the United States - the only bachelor to be President.

He was elected president in 1856, defeating John C. Frémont, the Republican candidate, and former President Millard Fillmore of the American Party. The growing crisis over slavery presented Buchanan... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Abraham LINCOLN (12 February 1809, , Kentucky, USA - 15 April 1865, Washington, DC, USA)

1861 - March 4 - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) becomes 16th President of the United States.

Lincoln's inaugural address was stirring. He appealed for the preservation of the Union. To retain his support in the North without further alienating the South, he called for compromise. He promised ... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Andrew JOHNSON (29 December 1808, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - 31 July 1875, Carter Station, Tennessee, USA)

1865 - April 15 – Inauguration of Andrew Johnson: President Lincoln dies early this morning from his gunshot wound and Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes the 17th President of the United States.

Johnson became Abraham Lincoln's running mate, despite the fact that he was a Democrat and Lincoln was a Republican. After Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, Johnson went from vice president to... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Ulysses Simpson GRANT (27 April 1822, , Ohio, USA - 23 July 1885, Saratoga, New York, USA)

1869 - March 4 - Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) becomes 18th President of the United States

In 1868, as Republican candidate for president, Grant was elected over the Democrat, Horatio Seymour. From the start, Grant showed his unfitness for the office. His cabinet was weak, his domestic... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Rutherford Birchard HAYES (4 October 1822, , Ohio, USA - 17 January 1893, , Ohio, USA)

1877 - March 4 - Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) becomes 19th President of the United States

On the night of the 1876 presidential election, Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes went to bed early. He assumed that he had lost the election to his opponent, Democrat Samuel J. Tilden. Tilden ... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   James Abram GARFIELD (19 November 1831, , Ohio, USA - 19 September 1881, , New Jersey, USA)

1881 - March 4 - James A. Garfield (1831–1881) becomes President of the United States

In 1880, Garfield was elected to the Senate, but instead became the presidential candidate on the 36th ballot as a result of a deadlock in the Republican convention. In the election, he defeated Gen. ... Read MORE...

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1881 - September 19 - Chester A. Arthur (1829–1886) becomes President of the United States

In 1880 Arthur was nominated for vice president in the hope of conciliating the followers of Grant and the powerful New York machine. As president upon Garfield's death, Arthur, stepping out of his... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Stephen Grover CLEVELAND (18 March 1837, , New Jersey, USA - 24 June 1908, , New Jersey, USA)

1885 - March 4 - Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) becomes 22nd President of the United States

In 1884 Grover Cleveland won the Democratic nomination for president. The campaign contrasted Cleveland's spotless public career with the uncertain record of James G. Blaine, the Republican... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Benjamin HARRISON (20 August 1833, , Ohio, USA - 13 March 1901, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)

1889 - March 4 - Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) becomes 23rd President of the United States

In 1888, Benjamin Harrison received the Republican nomination for president on the eighth ballot. Though behind on the popular vote, he won over Grover Cleveland in the electoral college by 233 to... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Stephen Grover CLEVELAND (18 March 1837, , New Jersey, USA - 24 June 1908, , New Jersey, USA)

1893 - March 4 - Grover Cleveland (1837–1908) becomes President of the United States




U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   William MCKINLEY (29 January 1843, , Ohio, USA - 14 September 1901, Buffalo, New York, USA)

1897 - March 4 - William McKinley (1843-1901) becomes 25th President of the United States

With the support of Mark Hanna, a shrewd Cleveland businessman interested in safeguarding tariff protection, William McKinley became governor of Ohio in 1892 and Republican presidential candidate in... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Theodore ROOSEVELT (27 October 1858, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) - 6 January 1919, , New York, USA)

1901 - September 14 - Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) becomes 26th President of the United States

Assuming the presidency of the assassinated McKinley in 1901, Roosevelt embarked on a wide-ranging program of government reform and conservation of natural resources. He ordered antitrust suits... Read MORE...

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