President's Day

Portraits of President Lincoln

Lincoln was the first President to serve after photography truly came of age. He embraced the new technology to craft his image and keep himself in the eye of his fellow citizens. Check out the photographic portraits of President Lincoln.

Calvin Coolidge Learning Links

Additional Learning Links for Calvin Coolidge The Coolidge ExperienceIt’s clear by this site that some people appreciate today what kind of a man Calvin Coolidge really was. Explore his life history from early childhood, as well as some interesting facts about our 30th president.Source: Ed Holden and Mark Uree Brainy QuotesAlthough Silent Cal might have been a man of few words, he sure had a lot of important things to say when he did speak. Read his most famous quotes here.Source: Brainy Media White House BiographyThe ultimate source for finding out the scoop on our former presidents, as well as our leaders today, the White House has many references and materials at your disposal.Source: The White House Online POTUSThis acronym stands for Presidents Of The United States. There is a lengthy list of biographical information complete with many links to further facts.Source: The Regents of the University of Michigan Encyclopedia AmericaLearn about Coolidge’s rise in Massachusetts politics, his stint as a governor, and his first and second terms as our president. Follow the links for further information.Source: Grolier Incorporated The American PresidentAn enormous amount of information has been collected to bring you this special presentation of our American Presidents. Read about life before the presidency, family life, the impact, and the lasting legacy of Coolidge, and the rest of the American Presidents.Source: New York Life Insurance Company The Price of the PresidencyA man named Richard Norton Smith takes a look at the price Calvin Coolidge paid for becoming our president in this essay titled, The Price of the Presidency. Learn about the man who was not from his...

James Madison’s Birthday – March 16

The Papers of James Madison James Madison 1751-1836   James Madison was the fourth U.S. President.  He was born in Port Conway, Virginia on March 16th in the year 1751.  He had the nickname of the Father of the Constitution because of how he helped to lay the original groundwork for that important document.  After graduating from the College of New Jersey, which is now called Princeton, he helped to establish the Bill of Rights, served in the Continental Congress, and was a great contributor to the Constitutional Convention of 1787.    James Madison was elected president in 1809 and continued to hold office until 1817.  James was a strong leader. He had to be, since he led this country through the War of 1812.  He was married to Dolley who supported him in his endeavors and was known as a charming hostess.  The pair eventually retired to Montpelier, Virginia where Madison served as the rector of the University of Virginia until his death in 1836.   Source:     Biography.com, A & E Television Networks   Additional Learning Links for James Madison   The Papers of James Madison Here you will find a short biography on the former president, Madison documents, volumes published to date, a bibliography, and other websites of interest. Source:              Papers of James Madison Reading Level:   Hard   James Madison Family Tree This site has a modern diagram showing the Madison family tree, as well...

Presidents and First Ladies Match Game

This word match games uses simple phrases and names that are related to African American holiday of Kwanza. See if you can find all of the Kwanza word sets. How well do you know your presidents and their wives? In this matching game you must match the President to his First Lady. Match them all and win! If you can see this, your browser doesn’t understand IFRAME. However, we’ll still link you to the file. Cite this… (new...

President James K. Polk Learning Links

polklinks Additional Learning Links for James K. Polk The White House Online Learn all about our nations’ Presidents, First Ladies, and take the Kid’s Quiz. Tour rooms and wings throughout the White House and visit the Vice President’s office. Connect to National Security sites, military resources, and get the latest news developments in real time.Source:       whitehouse.gov The Internet Public Library POTUS stands for Presidents Of The United States and in this special section of the Internet Public Library you will find biographies, notable events, media resources, historical documents, and presidential election results. Visit the special collections and subject collections, or the KidSpace and TeenSpace sections for more governmental fun.Source:       The Regents of the University of Michigan Encyclopedia Americana If you’re looking for quick facts about the Presidents, complete biographies, or Inaugural Addresses, you’ll find it all here. Learn about Polk’s private life and the events that surrounded his presidency.Source:       Grolier Incorporated The American President For each president you’ll find fast facts, life before the presidency, campaigns and elections, domestic affairs, and more. There are plenty of supplemental resources to explore as well.Source:       Americanpresident.org Who was James K. Polk? Link to interesting facts, quotes, a biography, and events in conjunction with President Polk. Check out this site developed by a team of dedicated students.Source:       Think Quest, Inc. James K. Polk Ancestral Home Check out the presidential site, a biography, educational resources, exhibits, and the museum shop… all at the home of our nation’s 11th president.Source:       James K. Polk Memorial Association...

President Warren Harding Learning Links

hardinglinks Learning Links for Warren Harding The White House Online Learn all about our nation’s Presidents, First Ladies, and take the Kid’s Quiz. Tour rooms and wings throughout the White House and visit the Vice President’s office. Connect to National Security sites, military resources, and get the latest news developments in real time.Source:       whitehouse.gov The Internet Public Library POTUS stands for Presidents Of The United States and in this special section of the Internet Public Library you will find biographies, notable events, media resources, historical documents, and presidential election results. Visit the special collections and subject collections, or the KidSpace and TeenSpace sections for more governmental fun.Source:       The Regents of the University of Michigan Encyclopedia Americana If you’re looking for quick facts about the Presidents, complete biographies, or Inaugural Addresses, you’ll find it all here. Learn about Harding’s private life and the scandals that surrounded his presidency.Source:       Grolier Incorporated The American President For each president you’ll find fast facts, life before the presidency, campaigns and elections, domestic affairs, and more. There are plenty of supplemental resources to explore as well.Source:       Americanpresident.org Who was Warren Harding? Link to a chronology of events, the administration, domestic and foreign affairs, and events in conjunction with President Harding. Check out this site developed by a team of dedicated students.Source:       Think Quest, Inc. Harding Home Explore the home of President Harding online or arrange a tour of the grounds located in Marion, Ohio.Source:       Ohio Historical Society The American Experience Get a snap shot of...

Andrew Jackson, “Old Hickory” – March 15

Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson Andrew Jackson “Old Hickory” 1767-1845   Born on March 15th, 1767, Andrew Jackson was nicknamed “Old Hickory.”  This seems to have evolved from his previous nickname, “Old Hero.”  As our seventh president, he served two consecutive terms from 1829 to 1837.  He was mostly self-taught and eventually became a lawyer.  Even though his campaign theme portrayed him to be a representative of the common man, this wasn’t always apparent in his actions.  There were some complications that haven’t been cleared up to this day, especially about his Indian removal system.   During his time in office there was a split.  The old Republican Party separated into the Democrats and the National Republics, or Whigs.  Jackson was a Democrat by far.  He was a strong man who used his party leadership and the power of the veto to show off that strength.  He was the first president to ride on a railway train.  He was also the first president born in a log cabin, nominated by a political party, and the first to survive an attempted assassination.  He was married to Rachel Donelson Robards and even fought a duel in her honor.  His tough exterior mirrored an even tougher interior and he was a very demanding leader. Source:     The White House & C-SPAN   Additional Learning Link for Andrew Jackson   Andrew Jackson from the White House Here you can find information on all of the Presidents, Vice Presidents,...

George Washington’s Birthday

Image available from Clipart.com George Washington was our very first president, and served in office from 1789-1797. He was nicknamed the “Father of Our Country.” George was the only president to be elected unanimously and to be inaugurated in two cities (New York and Philadelphia). His vice president was John Adams, who later became our second president. He was born on February 22nd, 1732, and married Martha Dandridge Custis, in 1759. Washington’s home was Mt. Vernon, and he was the only president to never live in Washington D.C. George didn’t have any of his own kids, but he gained two stepchildren when he married Martha. George died on December 14th, 1799 of laryngitis and was the only president to die in the 1700’s. You can still see his face every day on U.S. dollar bills. We also celebrate his birthday along with President Abraham Lincoln’s on President’s Day every year. Source: Smithsonian Institute & White House.gov Additional Learning Links Biography.com You can find a biography here on just about anybody. Also available is related information such as videos, related people, and links. Most biographies also have pictures. Source: 2001 Crystal Reference The George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799 Search Descriptive Information and/or Full Text*: [Search Tips] Match any of these words Match all of these words Match this exact phrase Include word variants (e.g., plurals) Match words exactly Return a maximum of bibliographic records. For more ideas, Browse the Collection by Series *NOTE: The FULL...

President’s Day

President’s Day is celebrated this year on Monday, February 19th.  This day was set aside to recognize George Washington’s birthday, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and to honor all past presidents of the United States of America.    This day wasn’t originally a national holiday, but in 1968 legislation was passed to switch the celebration of Washington’s Birthday to the third Monday of February.  This didn’t actually go into effect until 1971.  Even though the Office of Personnel Management recognizes this day as Washington’s Birthday, most people, and even some states, call this day Presidents’ Day.  It’s especially important to recognize this day in school, as you learn about the great leaders of our nation and their accomplishments. Source:     Miami-Dade County Public Schools Additional Learning Links President’s Day History Read the complete history of how this holiday came about from Miami-Dade County Public Schools.  There is a lesson plan, links, and comprehensive biographies on both Washington and Lincoln.Source: Patriotism.orgReading Level: Hard President’s Day Resources This is a helpful list of resources for those studying George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and every other President.Source: Montgomery County Public Schools, Social StudiesReading Level: All Cite this… (new...

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865   Image available from Clipart.com Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky.  As a young boy he had a knack for storytelling and mimicry, which would later turn into a comfortable rapport with an audience inspired by his speeches.  As our nation’s 16th president, Lincoln faced many challenges during the Civil War.  His upbringing in law aided his cause and he was inspired to begin his studies by a man named John Todd Stuart.  In September of 1836, he passed the bar exam and was admitted to practice as an attorney.  In the year 1842, he married Mary Todd, and in 1846, he was elected to congress.  Abraham Lincoln established the Emancipation Proclamation and was always interested in a restored Union based on the concept of no bias.  We will never know what would have happened if Lincoln had continued his quest, since he was assassinated on April 14th, 1865.  He was a strong man with blunt convictions, and wasn’t afraid to put himself on the line for his beliefs, including the idea that all men are created equal. Source:     University of Kentucky Biography.com National Archives and Records Administration   Abraham Lincoln Worksheets   Image available from Clipart.com   Abraham Lincoln Word Jumble Find these words related to the life of Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln Secret Decoder This code puzzle covers vocabulary...

Ten Fun Things You May Not Know About Our Presidents

President Barack Obama (presidential term: 2008- ) collects Spiderman and Conan the Barbarian comic books. Eight presidents have been left-handed: Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Harry S. Truman, Herbert Hoover, James Garfield and Grover Cleveland. Because using one’s left hand was actively discouraged until recently, there may have been more with a tendency toward left-handedness. Calvin Coolidge (1923-29) maintained a personal zoo. He had six dogs, a cat, a bobcat, a goose, a donkey, two lion cubs, an antelope and a wallaby. He was also given a pygmy hippopotamus named Billy by tire mogul Harvey Firestone. Billy was six feet long and weighed upwards of 600 pounds. Eventually, Coolidge donated Billy to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Theodore Roosevelt from the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction #:LC-USZ62-7220 As a child, Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) suffered from severe asthma and was too sickly to attend school. As he grew older, he became determined to overcome this impediment and he placed great value on physical exercise. His active interest in hiking and hunting increased his interest in conserving land as national parks. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61) was a Texan; he was born in Denison, Texas on October 14 1890. William Howard Taft (1909-13) was the last president to have a presidential cow at the White House to provide milk, cream and butter. Taft was also the first to have an automobile. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-45), our only four-term president, led the country out of the Depression and into the perilous years of World War...