Recommendations for books on the presidency, biographies and past presidents in honor of Presidents' Day.
On this day (January 15) in 1794, President George Washington sent a message to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and forwarded them correspondence between Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and French minister to the U.S. Edmond Charles Genêt. While Washington’s note was brief and straightforward, the attached correspondence was quite fiery. Nine [...]
Happy holidays! I hope this season is a happy one for you, regardless of your celebrations of choice. Last month, I shared that my most frequently-asked question is about George Washington’s business practices. Want to know the second one? It usually goes something like “what were newspapers and the press like in the Early Republic? [...]
In early October, I had the opportunity to present on the creation of executive authority for a bunch of lawyers as part of a continuing legal education seminar. One of the things they asked about the most was George Washington’s business practices while he was in office. I wasn’t surprised, this question is actually one [...]
Happy October! I absolutely love this month—everything pumpkin, fall colors on the trees, sweaters, boots, hiking, and of course, Halloween! Since we are just a few weeks out, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite White House ghost stories for the spookiest month of the year. The White House is reportedly one of [...]
I’ve often been asked, “Why do you study the Revolution and Early Republic? Is there really anything else to write about?” The remarkable story of this portrait and Hercules the chef shows just how much we still have to learn. Hercules was sold to President George Washington in 1767. He was a talented chef and [...]
The number one question I get about my work is do you work in the White House? The second is who is Stephen Decatur and why do I feel like I know that name? I’ll share a little about who he was, but I mostly want to focus on the story of his death. It’s [...]