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Two of President John Tyler’s grandsons are still alive

Here's an interesting historical tidbit sent in by an ABAH reader: Two of the America's 10th President John Tyler's grandsons are still alive. John Tyler was born in 1790 and served as President from 1841-1845. It’s a really interesting story that you’re still, you know, around. Could you just explain how

Did JFK really win because he looked better on television?

Slate.com has posted an interesting article regarding how John F. Kennedy won the elections over Richard Nixon. Fifty years ago, on Sept. 26, 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon squared off in the first-ever televised general-election presidential debate. Within days, if not hours, the event gave rise to a

Letter written by John Quincy Adams found

A letter written by the United State's sixth president, John Quincy Adams, has been found in a box in a Massachusetts city hall's basement. The letter, dated Sept. 8, 1826, outlines the burial wishes of his father, John Adams, the nation's second president. It was recently discovered by a city

George Washington’s $300,000 library fine

Librarians in New York have discovered two missing books that were checked out by George Washington in 1789. The first president of the United States of America borrowed two books from the New York Society Library in 1789 but failed to return them. Adjusted for inflation, he has since racked

George Washington letter sells for $3.2 million

A letter written by George Washington which praises the new Constitution has been sold at auction for $3.2 million. The four-page letter in Washington's slanting penmanship was written to his nephew Bushrod Washington in November 1787, according to Christie's, the company that auctioned it. It was in the possession of an unidentified

Did cancer kill Franklin D. Roosevelt?

Slate asks whether doctors knew FDR has widespread cancer in 1944 and still let him fun for his fourth term as president. New research makes this astounding argument—and claims that the physician who supposedly told the truth about Roosevelt's death in 1970 was in fact continuing the deception he had helped

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