First Ladies of America

Grace Coolidge – The First Lady of Baseball

Grace Goodhue Coolidge was the wife of Calvin Coolidge for twenty-eight years until his death in 1933. More importantly, she was the First Lady of the United States during her husband’s presidency (1923-1929). Both husband and wife were New Englanders, but their personalities could hardly be more different. She was social, happy, outgoing and gracious; …

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is located in Simi Valley California. It is one of thirteen presidential libraries established around the United States, each containing the presidential papers, archives and memorabilia of the last thirteen presidents of the United States, commencing with President Herbert Hoover. The National Archives and Records Administration takes possession of the …

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Homeopathy and the Health of First Ladies I

Physicians trained according to the tenets of homeopathy treated future and sitting American First Ladies during the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Their husbands mostly took their medicine from orthodox physicians, those who followed the dicta of the American Medical Association. This and following posts will explain what constitutes homeopathy as a …

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Abraham Lincoln, First Medical Response at Ford’s Theater

One of the greatest pleasures of a historian is the discovery of old documents that embellish and add to the understanding of famous incidents from long ago. In April of 2012 the long lost medical report by Army Lieutenant Dr. Charles Leale, the first physician to treat the assassinated Abraham Lincoln was located. Leale’s report, …

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The Health of the First Lady Leaking from the White House II

There have been past occasions when medical matters affecting the First Lady have been ‘leaked’, or, illnesses, rightly considered to be confidential matters have been disclosed in press releases, and as a result, have become widespread public knowledge. On two occasions, these disclosures were due to politics. A need for transparency was very useful to …

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The Health of the First Lady Leaking from the White House I

Recently highly classified information about secret United States anti-terrorist activities has appeared in the New York Times. The sources of these leaks are controversial, but many, of both liberal and conservative bent, have pointed the finger towards the highest levels in the White House. The health and medical treatments of sitting First Ladies have been …

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