Category Archives: HISTORICAL

James Monroe

Written on April 24, 2018 at 10:14 am, by

James Monroe, fifth president of the United States, was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia on April 28, 1758. Monroe served in the Continental Army, receiving a shoulder wound at the Battle of Trenton, New Jersey. He was elected President in 1816, with a political record as a member of the Virginia Assembly, member of the […]

National Road

Written on April 17, 2018 at 11:25 am, by

The National Road, also called the Cumberland Road or the Old Pike, was the first roadway in the United States built entirely with federal funds.  It was authorized by Congress in 1806 during President Jefferson’s administration. When Ohio was admitted to the Union in 1803, there was no easy way of access from the eastern […]

Statuary Hall

Written on April 10, 2018 at 11:44 am, by

The National Statuary Hall is a large, two-story, semicircular room south of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Also known as the Old Hall of the House, it was the meeting place of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1819 to 1857, replacing an earlier House chamber that was destroyed when British troops burned the U.S. Capitol […]

John Tyler

Written on April 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm, by

At dawn on April 5, 1841, Vice-President John Tyler was awakened at his Virginia home by a messenger from Washington, D.C., with news of the death of President William Henry Harrison. Harrison became the first U.S. president to die in office, only 31 days after his inauguration. Harrison’s death was the first test of the […]

Vietnam War

Written on March 27, 2018 at 1:43 pm, by

The Vietnam War was the longest and most unpopular war in U.S. history. The war cost the lives of 58,000 Americans as well as the lives of millions of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. On March 29, 1973, the last American combat troops left South Vietnam, and the remaining American prisoners of war held in North […]

Patrick Henry

Written on March 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm, by

Patrick Henry was one of the major figures of the American Revolution and is best known for his words, “Give me liberty or give me death,” delivered in a speech to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775. In his speech to the Convention, Henry put forth a proposal that Virginia counties should raise […]

Filibuster

Written on March 13, 2018 at 10:54 am, by

The United States Senate has a long-standing policy of unlimited debate.  That policy allows individual senators to “filibuster,” or to stand and talk endlessly about an issue. The word filibuster has its origin in a Dutch word meaning “pirate”. The filibuster provides a way for lawmakers to delay or block legislation. The loophole that allows […]

Margaret Cochran Corbin

Written on March 6, 2018 at 11:20 am, by

Margaret Cochran Corbin fought alongside her husband in the Revolutionary War and was the first woman to receive a pension from the United States government as a disabled soldier. Margaret was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania in 1751. After being orphaned in 1756 by an Indian raid, Margaret and her older brother were raised by […]

Articles of Confederation

Written on February 27, 2018 at 12:14 pm, by

Following the Declaration of Independence in 1776, significant changes began to affect American life. The individual states had declared themselves united and therefore needed to set up a permanent central government. Shortly before the Second Continental Congress declared independence, it had appointed a committee to draw up a form of government for the colonies. A […]

Washington Monument

Written on February 20, 2018 at 11:51 am, by

The Washington Monument was formally dedicated in Washington, D.C. on February 21, 1885. The monument was first proposed by the Continental Congress in 1783 to honor George Washington, hero of the American Revolution. After Washington became the nation’s first President, he cancelled the plans for the memorial because he did not believe scarce federal funds […]