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Four interesting history stories to read in a snowstorm

February 13, 2014 by Scott Bomboy


As much of the East Coast is pummeled by another winter event, Constitution Daily would like to take this opportunity to look back at the most popular history-related stories we’ve run in the past two years.

William Howard Taft's tub

Even our friends and readers in warmer areas of our country should enjoy these brief takes on some interesting topics, which were widely read on Yahoo! News and our other media partners.

For example, did you know President William Howard Taft was never really stuck in his White House bathtub, as has been widely reported for years? Or what about several men, in their lifetimes, nearly became president because of a twist of fate? Can you say President Willie P. Mangum?

And fittingly, for a weather-challenged day like today, that it was young Alexander Hamilton’s weather reports from St. Croix that made him a public figure at the age of 17 and led to local officials there funding his exodus to New York?

Finally, we look at the rough-and-tumble early days of the Supreme Court, where one  justice dodged creditors on the run, and another tried to jump off a wharf after he heard about a Senate rejection of his permanent appointment as Chief Justice.

Here are links to the original stories below:

Story 1: Clearing up the William Howard Taft bathtub myth

After our story ran last year about President Taft’s bathtub legacy, the Taft Historic Site in Ohio told CNN and the Washington Post that the portly president was probably never stuck in his White House tub (as far as we all know).

Read the Full Story at: /constitution-daily-blog/why-william-howard-taft-was-probably-never-stuck-in-his-bathtub/

Story 2: Five little-known men who almost became president

What do Benjamin Wade,  Willie P. Mangum and John Nance Garner all have in common? If not for a last-second decision, they might have become Acting President of the United States. And then there is Thomas Ferry, who believed he was a President for one day in 1877.

Read the Full Story at: /constitution-daily-blog/five-little-known-men-who-almost-became-president/

Story 3: How a hurricane brought Alexander Hamilton to America

Some people in 1772 may have thought 17-year-old Hamilton was a hurricane all by himself, but it was his weather reporting from the island of St. Croix that got Hamilton noticed and led to funding that brought the future Founding Father to New York.

Read the Full Story at: /constitution-daily-blog/how-a-hurricane-brought-an-important-founding-father-to-america/

Story 4: Drama, controversy marked the first Supreme Court justices

Today’s Supreme Court seems boring compared to the justices of the 1790s. The personal drama then included a justice dodging creditors, a failed suicide attempt, and a chief justice who was America’s most hated man, for a time.

Read the Full Story at: /constitution-daily-blog/drama-controversy-marked-the-first-supreme-court-justices/

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