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A podcast about presidential history and trivia. Based on the blog, history-first.com Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/historyfirst/support

    On The Sidelines Of The Lincoln Assassination

    On The Sidelines Of The Lincoln Assassination

    The facts of Abraham Lincoln's assassination are well-known — the president was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre, on April 14, 1865. But what about the others close to the event? Today, we discuss the assassination attempt of William Seward, why Ulysses S. Grant didn't go to Ford's Theatre that night, and the tragic fate of the young couple who shared the Lincoln's theater box, Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris. 


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    American Presidents And Royal Weddings

    American Presidents And Royal Weddings

    How have American presidents interacted with the British Royal Family when one of the "Firm" weds? 


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    White House Weddings

    White House Weddings

    Is the presidency romantic? Well, couples throughout history have thought so—multiple people have gotten married at the White House since the beginning of the 19th-century. Curiously, only one president has ever been married there.




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    When Gerald Ford Pardoned Richard Nixon

    When Gerald Ford Pardoned Richard Nixon

    When Gerald Ford assumed the presidency following Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, he had to decide whether not to pardon his predecessor. Ultimately, Ford decided to pardon Nixon—to the outrage of many. The Ford pardon was so unpopular that it may have even cost him reelection.

    So, how did Ford reach his decision? And how do Americans regard Ford’s pardon of Nixon today?


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    The First Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

    The First Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

    When it comes to Inauguration Days, nothing quite tops Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration in 1861. By the time Lincoln took the oath of office on March 4th, seven Southern states had seceded from the Union. 


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    What Was Life Like In 1921?

    What Was Life Like In 1921?

    In this episode, we check in with three American presidents—Warren G. Harding, William Howard Taft, and Franklin Roosevelt—who all had an eventful 1921. We'll also discuss what life was like in America 100 years ago. 


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