Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center


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.

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.

Rutherford B. Hayes: Controversial and little remembered

October 4, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Today marks the birthday of the one of the most controversial U.S. presidents, Rutherford B. Hayes, who took office amid a constitutional crisis and left office defending his reputation.

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.

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?

10 birthday facts about President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft

September 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

William Howard Taft is a truly unique American figure who led two branches of government, was a wrestling champion and the youngest Solicitor General in American history.

The Nixon pardon in constitutional retrospect

September 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

President Gerald Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon 43 years ago today generated a national controversy, but in recent years, some of the pardon’s biggest critics have changed their tunes on the unprecedented move.

On this day, McKinley is shot while Roosevelt is traveling

September 6, 2017 By NCC Staff

On September 6, 1901, the popular President William McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, while his Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt, was in Vermont at a speaking engagement. Over the next eight days, reports varied about McKinley’s health, with Roosevelt traveling to Buffalo and leaving to join his vacationing family.

Looking at 10 great speeches in American History

August 28, 2017 By NCC Staff

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech certainly ranks highly in the pantheon of public speaking. Here is a look at the Dream speech and other addresses that moved people – and history.

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