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Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt died seventeen years before her husband Theodore Roosevelt ascended to the presidency of the United States. She is the most recent of the five women who never saw their husbands reach the White House. Martha Jefferson, Hannah Van Buren, and Ellen Arthur were featured recently in...

Six United States Presidents entered the White House unmarried; four were widowers - Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, and Chester Alan Arthur. Two others were bachelors - James Buchanan and Grover Cleveland. Martha Jefferson was the first woman to die before her husband was elected President. Popular media have linked...

Ellen Axson Wilson was the first of President Woodrow Wilson's (1913-1921) two wives. Ellen Wilson died on August 6, 1914. Her death devastated and profoundly depressed the president to the extent that he became unfocused and indecisive in the presidency, in significant contrast to his determined and brisk decision-making of...

Caroline Harrison was the wife of President Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) who in turn was the grandson of President William Henry Harrison (1841). The later Harrison has the distinction, which probably will remain unique forever, of both defeating and then losing to the same opponent, Democrat Grover Cleveland (1885-1889, 1893-1897). Mrs....

Three American First Ladies died, compared to eight US Presidents who expired while president. The three are Letitia Tyler, Caroline Harrison, and Ellen Wilson. Two died from the delayed complications of childbirth while Mrs. Harrison was a victim of pulmonary tuberculosis. Letitia Tyler was a most obscure First Lady. Little is...

Presidents Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump possessed many similarities both before and during their respective presidencies. Both would be considered macho men- - tall and imposing, proud, boisterous, accomplished, and triumphantly elected from backgrounds beyond politics. However, the two differed in two significant respects - fertility and women. Donald Trump is the...

Melania Trump is the 49 year old wife of the country's 45th president, Donald J. Trump Her striking appearance seems to preclude any significant medical problems. Moreover, her penchant for privacy further beclouds any significant history of illness or physical disability. It was a sudden surprise when Mrs. Trump was hospitalized in...

John Eaton was President Jackson's Secretary of War. This cabinet choice was controversial and ultimately disruptive. Not the first time that a president, upon reflection, would want a 'do over,' as President Trump retrospectively regrets his selection of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Eaton (1790-1856) had much to recommend him for...

A PRIMER TO THE 25th AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION Donald Trump recently completed his first comprehensive medical examination as United States President. Before and immediately after this event, the mainstream media made a big fuss over the applicability of the 25th Amendment to his ability to function as president....

AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS DOES NOT SPARE PRESIDENTIAL WIVES Recent history has taught that the wives of Presidents and of presidential candidates do not escape collateral damage when their husbands are under fire from political enemies. The opposition tactic was to damage the target by inflicting pain on his closest ally, his...

[caption id="attachment_17011" align="alignleft" width="300"] Generated by IJG JPEG Library[/caption] While Melania Trump has settled into the traditional role of a First Lady, her step-daughter Ivanka Trump has assumed the policy/political profile of many recent First Ladies. This bifurcation of what many assume to be the duties and responsibilities of the wife of an...

President GH Bush celebrated his 93d birthday on June 12, 2017. His health remains fragile; he was released from Houston's Methodist Hospital in late April 2017 after treatment for bronchitis and pneumonia. Moreover, he suffers from Parkinson's Disease which confines him to a wheel chair. Fortunately, the ex-president has recovered;...

Melania Trump has moved into the White House and has assumed the traditional responsibilities of a First Lady. Her role became apparent during the Trumps' recent Mideast and Europe trip. She was prominently photographed at ceremonial dinners, during the Trumps' visit to the Vatican, and at appearances at childens' hospitals....

BARBARA BUSH, THE OLDEST FIRST LADY, STILL LIVING, WILL BE NINETY-TWO ON AUGUST 8th. Presently, the United States is fortunate to have five living former First Ladies: Barbara Bush will celebrate her ninety-second birthday on August 8, 2017. She was recently hospitalized for a week in Houston to recover from bronchitis. Her...

During her October 2015 testimony before the House of Representatives Select Committee on the 2012 Benghazi attack, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was convulsed by spasmodic coughing. Although she recovered to complete her testimony, videos of the event were widely viewed both on television and on social media. Since Mrs....

[caption id="attachment_570" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nancy Reagan[/caption] On a recent trip to San Francisco, I read that 87-year-old Joan Quigley had died. The October 24, 2014 front page obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle appeared under the headline Socialite, astrologer advised Reagans. The information below is extracted from this article. Ms. Quigley was...

[caption id="attachment_537" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hillary Clinton[/caption] Just when the story of Hillary Clinton's medical history seemingly had run its course, Ed Klein's book Blood Feud arrived on line and in bookstores. The author's narrative deals mainly with the enmity between the Clintons and the Obamas. However, Klein cast doubt upon Mrs. Clinton's...

[caption id="attachment_537" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hillary Clinton[/caption] "Clinton's Hectic Pace Acts as Retort to Health Fears" was the headline by writer Amy Chozick to an article in the May 5, 2014 New York Times. Her report attempted to countermand recent questions about the prospective candidate's health, age, and medical history. Chozick's testimonial to...

[caption id="attachment_537" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hillary Clinton[/caption] The recent furor over Hillary Clinton's medical fitness to be president has its genesis in a medical incident that occurred eighteen months previously, near the end of her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State. The Clintons' well-deserved reputation for dissembling, the delay in announcing the...

[caption id="attachment_537" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hillary Clinton[/caption] Will Hillary Clinton release her medical records when she decides to run for the Presidency in 2016? Most recent Democrat and Republican presidential nominees, with no public history of significant illness, have released summary letters from their physicians of record. During the 2008 campaign, candidate Barak...

[caption id="attachment_537" align="alignleft" width="240"] Hillary Clinton[/caption] If elected as President of the United States in 2016, Hillary Clinton (born 10/26/1947) will, at her Inauguration, become its second oldest President. Ronald Reagan was 69 years, 11 months old at his January, 1981 Inauguration. Age alone requires the release of Mrs. Clinton's medical records...

[caption id="attachment_537" align="alignleft" width="240"] Hillary Clinton[/caption] Former First Lady Hillary Clinton (1993-2001) is widely predicted to be the Democrat nominee for the Presidency of the United States in 2016. In December, 2012 while completing her term as U.S. Secretary of State (2009-2013), Mrs. Clinton suffered a significant head injury. Karl Rove, an...