History Stories
CATEGORY: U.S. Presidents
The Sex Scandal That Ruined Alexander Hamilton’s Chances of Becoming President
April 20, 2018

Hamilton torpedoed his own presidential ambitions for good in 1797, when he published a tell-all pamphlet about the sordid details of his earlier affair with a married woman, Maria Reynolds, and the blackmail payments he made to her husband to cover up the affair. Read More

LBJ Announced He Wouldn’t Run Again. Political Chaos Ensued
March 30, 2018

How President Johnson’s exit from the 1968 presidential race rocked politics. Read More

How Dwight Eisenhower Found God in the White House
March 20, 2018

Dwight Eisenhower and Billy Graham shaped a half-century of religion in America. Read More

Quick Stints and Worn Out Welcomes: The Shortest-Serving Presidential Staff
March 13, 2018

Rex Tillerson is out. Here’s who left more quickly—and who stayed a lot longer. Read More

Propaganda Film Shows How North Korea Might Like Trump’s Visit to Go
March 9, 2018

It’ll take more than a presidential visit to end North Korea’s nuclear program. Read More

Teddy Roosevelt’s Bold (But Doomed) Battle to Change American Spelling
March 9, 2018

The 26th president found that simplifying the language was anything but simple. Read More

For Over 150 Years, U.S. Presidents Had No Term Limits
February 28, 2018

China’s decision to end presidential term limits has drawn international concern. Here’s how the U.S. came to adopt the convention. Read More

George Washington’s Hair Found in 18th-Century Almanac
February 22, 2018

The first president’s tresses were a keepsake for the family of Alexander Hamilton. Read More

10 Modern Presidential Speeches Every American Should Know
February 16, 2018

Presidential speeches reveal the United States’ challenges, hopes, dreams and temperature of the nation, as much as they do the wisdom and perspective of the leader speaking them—even in the age of Twitter. Read More

Which American President Was the First to be Photographed?
February 16, 2018

Hint: He was also the first to marry a woman born outside the United States. Read More