John Chafee (R) 66th Governor of Rhode Island

 

 John Lester Hubbard Chafee (born October 22, 1922) was the 66th Governor of Rhode Island. He previously served as an officer in the United States Marine Corp, and as a United States Senator. Chafee was active in Rhode Island politics by helping elect a mayor of Providence in the 1950s. “He successfully ran for a seat in the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 1956 and later became the minority leader” (Wikipedia, 2016). He was elected Governor in 1962 and helped create the state’s public transportation administration as well as…

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James Madison – 4th President of the US

 

   Hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” , James Madison was the 4 th President of the United States. He was instrumental in drafting the United States Constitution and was one of the key authors of the United States Bill of Rights. He is credited with drafting the first ten amendments to the Constitution.  In 1789 Madison became a leader in the new House of Representatives and drafted many basic laws. Madison also served as Thomas Jefferson’s Secretary of State from 1801-1809 and supervised the “Louisiana Purchase” which doubled…

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John Quincy Adams – 6th President of the US

 

 John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States from 1825-1829. He served as an American Diplomat, Senator and Congressional representative. Adams  was a member of the Federalist,  Democratic-Republican, National-Republican , Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. He was the son of former President John Adams and Abigail Adams. While serving as diplomat Adams played a key role in the negotiation of many international treaties. The Treaty of Ghent was the most notable as it brought an end to the War of 1812. As President Adams focusede on modernizing the…

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William Henry Harrison – 9th President of the United States

 

 William Henry Harrison was the ninth President of the United States from 1773- 1841. At the age of 68 years old he was the oldest president to have taken office until Ronald Reagan and the first President to die while in office. Harrison was the last President to take office prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  He had the shortest tenure as President dying after serving just 32 days. Prior to his election as President, Harrison served as the first territorial congressional delegate from the Northwest Territory,…

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John Tyler – 10th President of the US

 

   John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States  from 1841-1845. Tyler served as state legislator, United States Representative and in the United States Senates prior to his election as Vice President in 1840. He succeeded William Henry Harrison’s after his death and was the first President to succeed to this office following the death of the incumbent. Tyler opposed Federalism and emphatic support of states’ rights, alienating him from most political allies that brought power to Washington. Initially a Democrat, Tyler’s opposition to Andrew Jackson and Martin…

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James K. Polk – 11th President of the US

 

 James K. Polk was the 11th President of the United States from 1845-1849.  As a Democrat, Polk represented Tennessee as the 17th Speaker of the House of Representatives and as Governor. He was the dark horse candidate for president in 1944, defeating Henry Clay, a member of the Whig Party by promising to annex Texas. Polk was the last strong pre-Civil War candidate and was known for his strong foreign policy. At the age of 49 , Polk became the youngest President to assume office at that time. Born in…

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Millard Fillmore – 13th President of the United States

 

 Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States and assumed the presidency after the death of President Zachary Taylor. He was the last member of the Whig Party to hold the office of President. Fillmore also served as the 12th Vice President and in the US house of Representatives. Fillmore was born in Moravia, New York on January 7, 1800.He married Abigail Powers on February 5, 1826. Together the couple had two children Millard Powers Fillmore and Mary Abigail Fillmore. See Fillmore’s full biography @ Wikipedia.org Also see:…

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Franklin Pierce – 14th President of the US

 

 Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States from 1853-1857. He was the only President from New Hampshire. Pierce also served in the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. Franklin Pierce married Jane Means Applegate on November 19,1834 and lived in Concord, New Hampshire. Together they had three children all of whom died in childhood. Read Franklin Pierce’s full biography @ Wikipedia.org Also see: Works by Franklin Pierce at Project Gutenberg Franklin Pierce: A Resource Guide from the Library of Congress White House biography Pierce 200 site Inaugural Address…

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James Buchanan – 15th President of the US

 

 James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States from 1857-1861. He is the only President from Pennsylvania and the only president that never married. Buchanan also served as a United States House of Representative , US Senate and Secretary of State. Also See: James Buchanan at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress James Buchanan: A Resource Guide from the Library of Congress Biography of James Buchanan (Official White House site) The James Buchanan papers, spanning the entirety of his legal, political and diplomatic career, are available for research use at the Historical Society of…

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