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Remembering another important Lincoln in American history

October 19, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of the American victory at Yorktown, which effectively ended the Revolutionary War. But did you know the British Army surrendered to a Lincoln, and not a Washington on that fateful day?

Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

October 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

In today’s popular culture, William Seward is best known for his association with Abraham Lincoln. But his name is also forever linked to a decision back in 1867 that brought Alaska into the fold as a United States territory, at a bargain price.

10 fascinating facts on President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birthday

October 14, 2017 By NCC Staff

Dwight Eisenhower was a rarity in American politics, when he won the presidency in 1952 in his first campaign as a politician. So what else was unique about the 34th President?

10 fascinating facts on the White House’s 225th anniversary

October 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 225th anniversary of an American icon: the White House. Here's a look back at its remarkable history.

Franklin Pierce’s murky legacy as President

October 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1869, former President Franklin Pierce passed away in New Hampshire. Pierce was regarded as an ethical hard worker, but he struggled as a national leader when he openly advocated for pro-slavery states as a Northerner in the 1850s.

Chester Alan Arthur: Obscure or underrated?

October 5, 2017 By NCC Staff

If you are a presidential historian or a fan of facial hair, you probably know a little about Chester Alan Arthur. For the rest of us, he’s one of the more obscure leaders in American history.

10 fascinating facts about former President Jimmy Carter

October 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate the 93rd birthday of former President Jimmy Carter. The Plains, Georgia-native is certainly unique in comparison with other Presidents.

On this day: Congress officially creates the U.S. Army

September 29, 2017 By NCC Staff

To some it seemed like a technicality, but on this day in 1789, President George Washington succeeded in getting the First Congress to recognize the U.S. Army under the terms of our new Constitution.

10 fascinating facts about the Supreme Court on its birthday

September 24, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was back on this day in 1789 that Congress passed the act that officially created the federal judiciary system that included the Supreme Court and other federal courts.

Fala, the dog who helped win a presidential election

September 23, 2017 By NCC Staff

On September 23, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made his famous Fala speech, which became a defining moment in his fourth presidential campaign. So who was the Scottish Terrier that helped FDR win his closest race?

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