Constitution Daily

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The man whose impeachment vote saved Andrew Johnson

May 16, 2018 By NCC Staff

After being impeached, President Andrew Johnson survived his 1868 Senate trial by just one vote. And to this day, how that vote was cast remains shrouded in controversy.

10 fascinating facts about President Harry S. Truman

May 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

Harry Truman went from being a county judge to deciding to use atomic warfare at World War II’s end. Here’s a quick look at 10 facts about Truman’s sudden ascendancy to the White House—and the deal with his middle name.

10 U.S Presidents who also worked as teachers

May 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

On National Teacher Day, Constitution Daily looks at 10 Presidents who were teachers in some capacity before they occupied the White House - including one who later married his own teacher.

It was 229 years ago today: George Washington becomes President

April 30, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1789 that George Washington placed his hand on a bible in New York and became the first President of the United States under our Constitution – setting another of many traditions still in use today.

10 fascinating facts about President Ulysses Grant

April 27, 2018 By Adam H. Rosenzweig

Today marks the birthday of Ulysses Grant, who played a unique role in American history. Here is a look at a military leader who later became president in one of the nation’s most troubled decades.

James Buchanan’s troubled legacy as President

April 23, 2018 By Akhil Amar

April 23 marks the birthday of James Buchanan, the man regarded by many historians as one of the worst presidents of all time. So what did Buchanan do to earn the disrespect of so many people?

What Would William Howard Taft Do?

April 20, 2018 By Jeffrey Rosen

In conjunction with his new book on William Howard Taft, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen examines how the late President and Chief Justice would approach some of today’s biggest legal and political problems.

The forgotten man who almost became President after Lincoln

April 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from his assassin’s wounds. But if John Wilkes Booth’s plot were entirely successful, a little-known senator may have been thrust into the White House for almost a year.

10 interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

April 14, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was 153 years ago when President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln died the next morning, and in the aftermath, some odd facts seemed to pop up.

State judge denies legal immunity for President

March 21, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Answering a constitutional question that the Supreme Court left open nearly 21 years ago in a case against President Bill Clinton, a state trial judge in New York ruled Tuesday that President Trump does not have immunity to being sued in state court on claims related to sexual misconduct that did not involve official acts.

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