Saturday, January 21, 2017

6° of George Washington

      American history is full of interesting stories. When it comes to the Presidents, I always find it interesting to find connections between Presidents that you don't normally think of as connected in anyway. For instance, James Madison and Zachary Taylor were second cousins. John Quincy Adams and Abraham Lincoln served in the U.S. House of Representatives at the same time. Grover Cleveland as a young man was friends with Millard Fillmores son, and as an old man knew Woodrow Wilson well, and didn't really like him. 
  
   A while back it got me thinking. What is the shortest number of connection (or degrees) can we get from George Washington to Barack Obama. After doing some research I found 6° of separation between Washington and Obama. But since we have a new President. I need to refigure the connections. 

   Starting off are a few connections I found interesting, that I did not use in my final connection between George Washington and Donald Trump.    


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Andrew Jackson was a US senator from Tennessee at the same time that Jefferson was Vice President. Of course one of the rolls of Vice President is to act as President of the Senate. Jackson admired Jefferson. But later in life Jefferson expressed his concern of Andrew Jackson becoming President saying that he is, "a dangerous man"





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  Former President Martin Van Buren visited Springfield, Illinois in the summer of 1842. It was part of the strategy of mounting a political come back and running for President again. Van Buren had a cousin named George Brunk. Brunk was an acquaintance of Abraham Lincoln. Through this connection the former President and the future President met at a home in Rochester, Illinois. It seems that good times were had by all.  Van Buren later said "....he never spent so agreeable night in his life".


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  During the Mexican war Ulysses S. Grant was a second Lieutenant under the command of General Zachary Taylor. Taylor was a strong influence on Grant. When Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, Lee looked very sharp in a new uniform, whereas Grant looked a little rough in a muddy field uniform. Both Taylor and Grant were known as great Generals who looked a little rough in their uniforms




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     At the age of 10, George W. Bush visited his Grandfather in Washington. His Grandpa was Connecticut Senator Prescott Bush. While attending a gathering with his grandparents in a Georgetown home, George was called by his Grandpa to come over and meet somebody. Prescott said to the tall man ,"I've got one of your constituents here". Then Senate majority leader Lyndon B. Johnson extended his hand to the 10-year-old George W. Bush and said," pleased to meet you"! 
  

    Below I spell out my original attempt to get from George Washington to Barack Obama in the fewest number of connections. 





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1°- #1 George Washington to #9 William Henry Harrison. George Washington had visited William Henry Harrison's home Berkeley Plantation when Harrison was young. Although I cannot confirm that they ever physically met. They certainly knew who each other were. WH Harrison's father Benjamin Harrison V and George Washington were friends who were both Virginia delegates to the second Continental Congress. I also found where WH Harrison's Uncle was married to Washington's sister in law. 



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 2° - #9 William Henry Harrison to #23 Benjamin Harrison. This one doesn't need much explanation. Benjamin Harrison was just a little boy when his grandfather William Henry Harrison became the first President to die in office. 


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  3°-  #23 Benjamin Harrison  to #31 Herbert Hoover. When former President Benjamin Harrison was attending a baseball game at the University of Stanford he somehow got past the gate without paying for his ticket. When the team manager, then student Herbert Hoover found out, he confronted the former President to pay up. Benjamin Harrison found the whole thing amusing and gladly paid for his ticket. 




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4° -  #31 Herbert Hoover to #35 John F. Kennedy. Herbert Hoover actually outlived John F. Kennedy by about a year. As members of the Presidents club, they probably met on a few different occasions. 





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5°-  #35 John F. Kennedy to #42 Bill Clinton. As a teenager Bill Clinton was involved in a youth group called "Boys Nation". Through this group he was able to visit the White House and meet President Kennedy. 


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6°- #42 Bill Clinton to #44 Barack Obama. Another one that needs no explanation. These two guys are well acquainted. 



So that's how I got from Washington to Obama in 6°. But now we have a new President. So now the goal is to get from Washington to Trump with the fewest number of connections. For this run the first few steps are the same. 

1° - #1 George Washington to #9 William Henry Harrison

2°- #9 William Henry Harrison to #23 Benjamin Harrison

3°-  #23 Benjamin Harrison to #31 Herbert Hoover

And now for the rest will take a different path. 




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4°- #31 Herbert Hoover to #37 Richard Nixon. Nixon was Vice President under Eisenhower. He probably met former President Hoover on several occasions. 




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5° -#37 Richard Nixon to #45 Donald Trump. I saw an interview where Trump shows a letter he once got from Nixon. Nixon tells Trump that he thinks that he could be a successful politician if he ever wanted to. The above picture proves that they met at least one occasion.



  Well there it is. I hope that you all found this as interesting as I did.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donald J. Trump

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Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States (2017-present)

   Today we Inaugurate a new President. He is probably the most unexpected President, at least in modern history. He tapped into a growing frustration with the political establishment on both sides of the isle. I, like many have had my reservations about him. But this blog isn't a place for political debate, and I truly wish him the best of luck in accomplishing his slogan "Make America Great Again". 

   Now, unto the business of talking about the historical sites connected with Donald Trump. I haven't been to any of them. But I recently added some of them to a long list of sites to see whenever I make it back to the New York City area. Trump was born in a hospital in Queens, New York on June 14, 1946, making him the 3rd President born in the summer of 1946, along with Clinton and Bush 43. The big sites to see for him are his birthplace, a boyhood home in Queens, and Trump Tower. I am still working on finding some more significant sites to see for him.

   If you follow this blog you may of seen these pictures below. My last 2 posts were an election of 2016 post and a 2016 year in review post. And so naturally the pictures that I took at 2 Trump rallies last year fall under those categories. And they also fall under this Donald Trump post. So until I can visit some of his historical sites, these close encounters with the new President will have to do.





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Trump at a rally in Ft. Wayne, Indiana back in May 2016






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Trump in Cleveland, Ohio in October 2016


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   Donald Trump is our first non politician President since Eisenhower. He is also now the oldest President to take office at 70, beating out Ronald Reagan by a few months. The history of his term of office will most definitely be interesting.