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Niagara Falls

On October 24, 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel.  Mrs. Taylor, a native of New York, was widowed when her husband died fighting in the Civil War. She moved from place to place for many years, working as a teacher and […]

Henri-Chapelle Cemetery

Henri-Chapelle Cemetery is located seven miles from the German border on  the Aachen-Antwerp auto route. At  this cemetery, covering 57 acres, rest 7,989 of our military dead, most of whom gave their lives during the advance  of the U.S. Armed Forces into Germany. Their headstones are arranged in gentle arcs sweeping across a broad green […]

Haym Salomon

Haym Salomon was an American businessman and broker who was responsible for raising most of the money needed to finance the American Revolution. Salomon was born in Poland in 1740, the son of Jewish parents who fled Portugal to escape religious persecution. He migrated to New York in 1772 after an unsuccessful Polish struggle for […]

Stamp Act

The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. {taxation without representation} Not a single paper or document escaped this tax {even playing cards}. The money collected […]

Supreme Court

The Judiciary Act of 1789, establishing the Supreme Court of the United States, was passed on September 24, 1789 and signed by President George Washington. The Supreme Court was a tribunal of six justices who were to serve on the court until death or retirement. John Jay was nominated by President Washington to serve as […]

Florence Kling Harding

Florence Kling Harding was born in Marion, Ohio in  1860, the daughter of Amos  Kling, successful business man. Much like her strong willed father in temperament, she developed a self-reliance rare in girls of that area. When only nineteen, she eloped   with Henry De Wolfe, a neighbor. He proved to be a heavy drinker and […]

Patriot Day

Each year since 2002, Patriot Day has been observed in the United States on September 11. The day is designated in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93, on September 11, 2001. Following the terrorist attacks, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House […]

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12, 1815-October 26, 1902) was an American social activist, abolitionist, and a leading figure of the early women’s rights movement. She was born in Johnstown, New York and was married to Henry Brewster Stanton about 1843. Before Stanton narrowed her political focus almost  exclusively  to women’s   rights, she was an active […]

Presidential Cabinet

As the first President of the United States, George Washington wisely realized that his actions  would set a precedent for the presidents who would follow him. Washington wished to be a President above politics, sectionalism, and controversy. He avoided all direct personal support or involvement in congressional legislation and limited his messages to Congress to […]

First Lady Leader

Edith Bolling Galt Wilson “the first woman to run the government”—-so legend has labeled a First Lady whose role gained unusual significance when her husband suffered a prolonged and disabling illness. A descendant of Virginia aristocracy, she was born in Wytheville in 1872, seventh  of eleven children  of Sallie White and Judge William Holcombe Bolling. […]

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