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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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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   William Howard TAFT (15 September 1857, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - 8 March 1930, Washington, DC, USA)

1909 - March 4 - William Howard Taft (1857-1930) becomes 27th President of the United States

When Teddy Roosevelt prepared to retire his presidency, this popular and influential politician promoted Taft as the next Republican president. Taft was elected president in 1908, serving one term.

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Thomas Woodrow WILSON (28 December 1856, , Virginia, USA - 3 February 1924, Washington, DC, USA)

1913 - March 4 - Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) becomes 28th President of the United States

Wilson became the 28th president of the United States, serving two consecutive terms in the White House, from 1913 to 1921. During his time in office, Wilson faced many challenges at home and abroad, ... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Warren Gamaliel HARDING (2 November 1865, , Ohio, USA - 2 August 1923, San Francisco, California, USA)

1921 - March 4 - Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) becomes 29th President of the United States

When the 1920 convention was deadlocked between Leonard Wood and Frank O. Lowden, Harding became the dark-horse nominee on his solemn affirmation that there was no reason in his past that he should... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   John Calvin COOLIDGE (4 July 1872, Plymouth, Vermont, USA - 5 January 1933, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA (Florence))

1923 - August 2 - Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) becomes 30th President of the United States

After Warren Harding's death Vice-President Coolidge became President and handled the Washington scandals with care and finally managed to save the Republican Party from public blame for the... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Herbert Clark HOOVER (10 August 1874, , Iowa, USA - 20 October 1964, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam))

1929 - March 4 - Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) becomes 31st President of the United States

In the election of 1928, Hoover overwhelmed Gov. Alfred E. Smith of New York, the Democratic candidate and the first Roman Catholic to run for the presidency. He soon faced the worst depression in... Read MORE...

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