Odd Coincidences in American Presidential History

Odd Presidential Coincidences
Odd Presidential Coincidences

I was a History Major in college. All my life, I have been interested in History and Politics. One aspect of history that has always captured my interest are the strange coincidences that occurred over time. Below are some of my favorites. You may have already heard of some but there are links and suggestions for more information. 

If you look in the second story window, you can see a future President.
If you look in the second story window, you can see a future President.
The Little Boy In The Window Became A Leader Of Men
The Little Boy In The Window Became A Leader Of Men

Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln

Legend has it that Teddy Roosevelt's Grandfather, a powerful businessman in New York, admired President Lincoln very much. When Lincoln was killed, the funeral procession was scheduled to run through New York. Roosevelt's home was at the end of the most prestigious street in New York at the time, Broadway, and the funeral procession passed by directly in front of the home. There is a picture of the moment when the procession passes the Roosevelt home and if you look closely in the second story window you can see two small children looking down on the procession. One of them is Teddy Roosevelt, who would later become President when William McKinley was himself killed by an assassin. It is no wonder that TR transformed the Secret Service that we all know today.

For a good detailed expanation regarding Lincoln's funeral procession and the aftermath, including Teddy Roosevlt and the attempted theft of Lincoln's body, I suggest watching "Stealing Lincoln's Body" on the History Channel.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Both Worked Hard For Independence. It Is Fitting They Both Died On July 4.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Both Worked Hard For Independence. It Is Fitting They Both Died On July 4.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were two of America's founding fathers and the second and third Presidents of the United States respectively. The two were both instrumental in America's fight for Independence and the drafting of the Constitution.

Despite their shared passion for democracy, the two could not be more different. Adams was a short, pompous and pious man from the North and Jefferson was tall, humble and awkward. The two spent almost the span of their adult lives at odds. They disagreed on what path the new nation should take. Adams believed in a centralized government while Jefferson believed in more localized and state control. The election of 1796, where the two faced each other, was one of the most cankerous in our nation's history. What the two candidate's sides said about each other makes today's election look downright civil. Adams won the election by a mere three electoral votes. Jefferson was forced to serve as Adam's Vice President under the Constitution. (This was later changed by Amendment) Jefferson defeated Adams in 1800 by another slim margin.

After the election battles the two did not speak for many years. Then, they began corresponding by letter. The two became great friends. Amazingly, on July 4, 1826, fifty years to the day since the founding of a nation the two helped build together, Adams and Jefferson both died. Adams is quoted as saying "Thomas Jefferson survives."

For a detailed explanation of Jefferson and Adams' debates and friendship I suggest reading David McCullough's "John Adams." McCullough details the substantial correspondence between the Jefferson and Adams in great detail.

British Officer George Washington
British Officer George Washington
From A Leader Of The British To The Leader Of The Band Of Misfits That Defeated The British
From A Leader Of The British To The Leader Of The Band Of Misfits That Defeated The British

George Washington - Leader Of The British

 

In every elementary school in America, children learn about our Country's first President, George Washington.  We have all heard the stories about he could not tell a lie to his father about cutting down the Cherry Tree.  But what many do not know is that George Washington was a British leader as well.

At twenty-two years of age, George Washington fired some of the first shots of what would become known as the French-Indian War.  The war started in the 1750s when the British began building forts in what was known as Ohio.  Ohio at the time was claimed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The Governor sent the young Washington to ascertain the strength of the French forces.  Washington also delivered a letter to the French demanding that they leave Ohio.

They of course declined.  War broke out soon after and Washington served as a Colonel.  After winning a small battle, Washington lost a battle to the French at Fort Necessity.  Washington resigned after being released by the French, only to volunteer a few years later to serve under General Braddock.  After distinguishing himself as a leader under terrible circumstances, Washington resigned again from the British army; this time because he was refused a promotion.  He returned to Virginia and the rest is History.

The French Indian War was a very costly war for the British.  As a direct result of the war and the need to keep British soldiers in the colonies after the war, King George decided to raise taxes on the colonists.  This heightened taxation was one of the leading causes of the American Revolution.  As we all know, George Washington was the commander in chief of the American Revolutionary Army.

The odd coincidence, George Washington helped trigger the French Indian War as a leader of the British Army.  It was this war that helped lead a revolution against the British led by George Washington. 

 

 

A Very Young Bill Clinton Was Literally Booed Off The Stage At The 1988 Democratic Convention.
A Very Young Bill Clinton Was Literally Booed Off The Stage At The 1988 Democratic Convention.
Clinton's Appearance On Johnny Carson In 1988 Very Well Could Have Saved His Political Career
Clinton's Appearance On Johnny Carson In 1988 Very Well Could Have Saved His Political Career
Four Years After Being Booed Off The Stage, Clinton Won The Nomination And Became The Most Beloved Member Of The Democratic Party.
Four Years After Being Booed Off The Stage, Clinton Won The Nomination And Became The Most Beloved Member Of The Democratic Party.

Bill Clinton - Jeered Then Revered

 In 1988 the Democrats nominated Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis for President.  Dukakis eventually lost the election to George Herbert Walker Bush handidly, but it was who gave the nomination Speech at the convention that goes down in History.  As Dukakis was a liberal governor from the Northeast, he chose the little known Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton to deliver the speech nominating Dukakis for President. 

Bill Clinton's speech that night was not well received.  Most found Clinton's speech boring and all thought his 32 minute speech was way too long.  Long time journalist Tom Brokaw remarked, "He droned on and on, and droned on," said Brokaw. "When he finally said 'In conclusion,' people began to cheer."  Most believed that Clinton's introduction to the nation was so bad that his political career was over.

Oddly, Bill Clinton only four years later accepted the Democratic Nomination for President before a huge crowd in New York City.  He won two terms as President and until Barack Obama came on the scene in 2008 was the most loved Democrat.  He still brings excitement wherever he goes and oddly, people love to hear him speak.

The Booth Family Name Was Tainted By The Lincoln Murder
The Booth Family Name Was Tainted By The Lincoln Murder
John Wilkes Booth's older brother Edwin Booth saved Robert Lincoln's Life At A Train Station A Few Years Before His Brother Killed The President
John Wilkes Booth's older brother Edwin Booth saved Robert Lincoln's Life At A Train Station A Few Years Before His Brother Killed The President

Booth Saves Lincoln's Life

Everybody knows that John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. But few know that a Booth saved a Lincoln a few years before that fateful night in 1865.

Edwin Booth was John Wilkes Booth's older brother. One night Edwin was standing on a railraod platform waiting to enter a sleeping car in Jersey City. Booth was there with John T. Ford, the owner of Ford's Theatre. A group of passengers were purchasing their sleeping car places from the conductor. The platform was about the same height as the car and their was a space in between the platform and the car. The train began to move and the motion twisted on the passengers off his feet and he fell into the space. The passenger was helpless and Booth reportedly grabbed him by the coat collar and pulled him up back onto the platform. The passenger gave Booth his gratitude.

The passenger that night was Robert Tood Lincoln, the President's son who was traveling to Washington for the holidays. Lincoln relayed the story to a friend who wrote Booth a letter informing him of whom he had saved. Sources also state that General Grant also sent Booth a letter thanking him for saving Lincoln's life who was then serving the General staff.

There is no evidence that Robert ever told his parents about the incident and the incident was not reported in the newspapers. Years later, of course, Booth's name would be synonymous with the death of a Lincoln, but it should not be forgotten that a Booth did save Lincoln's life as well.

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Comments 56 comments

Amy G 7 years ago

Very interesting stuff! I have never seen the first photo, of the kids in the window. I've seen that documentary about Lincoln's body, it's pretty good.

Thanks for the read!


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I thought it was pretty good as well. Of course it tells the story of the worst criminal plan in History but it had some good information.

Thanks for reading.


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

I've read the book, "Stealing Lincoln's Body", and DVR-ed the show. I haven't watched it yet, but I hope to get to soon. The book was EXCELLENT!! the Prologue was one of the best parts!!

Great hub--I'm a history nut, too.


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Iconoclast 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

You forgot to mention that the reason for the slim margin was Aaron Burr's tie with Jefferson, a tie that took over a dozen Senate votes to break.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

That is very true Iron. Didn't want to get into the history too much as it wasn't the topic of the hub. McCullough's book does a great job retelling that story as well.

The show on the History Channel was excellent.


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Interesting nuggets of history there bgpappa ! I like the History Channel too !


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

History Channel and Food Network, just about all I watch.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

wonderful hub - I also love both history and politics, and small details really bring it alive.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I totally agree, its the stories that make history interesting, not dates and names.


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Andromeda10 7 years ago from Chicago

I LOVE to live through history. I love old movies and the History Channel is my favorite too! I arrive at one of two outcomes of feelings. 1) I wish I lived then, so simple, love the style, so romantic. OR 2) I'm SO glad I didn't live in that time, which makes it all the more interesting.

Thanks bgpappa!


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I have a different take. I wonder what the history channel will be saying about us 100 years from. How will Obama's election be portrayed. Or George Bush, how will history look back at his term.

Always seemed that when we needed it the most, something amazing happened.

Thanks for reading


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

I would watch the History Channel, if we had it, I t hink.


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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

I had never heard either story -- wonderful information! I bookmarked this page as a homeschooling reference. Mind if I link to you also?


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Not at all Christa and thanks.


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America

This is interesting tibits of forgotten history. It's amazing how we focus on the major historical points but ignore the small details that makes it all worth the time. Thanks for sharing!


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I agree. The details are what make it interesting. Thanks for reading.


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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Interesting Hub - thanks. Just a small quibble - I have this perception that people from the US see the US as almost the whole world. The 'odd coincidences' you mention are all in US history and maybe your title could have reflected that.

Intersting read for all that.

Love and peace

Tony


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Tony, fair point, I think I will take your advice. Thanks.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

you could write a book about odd coincidences in American history, interesting hub, big pappa, loved the photo of the little TR in the window, not like i could actually see him, but i believe you


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Ya, I know, it is hard to see. Best one I could fine.


bryce89 7 years ago

First off I enjoyed your hub very much. I do have to point out that the tax increases after the French and Indian War on the American Colonists were by acts of the British Parliament and not the King.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Fair Point but the Colonists blamed the King, and he ignored repeated requests to do something, but you are correct that it was Parliament that passed the taxes.

Thanks for reading.


A Texan 7 years ago

I liked the stories pappa, I had heard the Booth one a long time ago but had forgotten it. I to love History, its funny how we never seem to learn from it!


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

A Texan,

Agreed, History is more than names and dates, but lessons live in the stories.

Thanks for the comment.


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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

I count this among one of the best hubs I've read.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thank you so much


Kim Garcia 7 years ago

Very well written and quite fascinating. There is so much on the History Channel these days concerning our founding forefathers, especially in regards to Freemasonry. But much you've written about here is new news to me and quite interesting trivia. Thank you for posting. Peace n' Blessings!! ~ K


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I love those History Channel shows. Very interesting.

Thanks for reading.


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dahoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

nice hub


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

thanks for reading


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Dao Hoa 6 years ago

Interesting coincidences. I love the History Channel too. Great hub.


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks so much


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mel22 6 years ago from ,

I had hear all this b4, but it was great 2 read them all in one story. Thanks 4 sharing these odd coicidences !


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks for the comment.


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cashmere 6 years ago from India

Phenomenal Hub. I guess its not for nothing that they say you need to study your history to know your future.


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks so much. Those who do not learn history are damned to repeat it.

Thanks for reading.


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johnpolk 6 years ago

This is a great and nice hub particularly on history...One thing more, I like the picture posted here it's cool!


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

THanks for reading


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johnpolk 6 years ago

This is interesting! i like your hub. and also i like topics concerning our history and the politics. keep it coming. post some more. thank you for sharing this.


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks


Booby_man 6 years ago

history is one of the worlds best subject

its full of facts that keeps modren life keep going


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Yes it it. Thanks for reading.


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JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

bgpappa

On 6/25/10 glen beck show will introduce men of color who WERE instrumental in the building of our nation. You won't see this in many history books.

Check it out.


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

sounds interesting, and I agree, you won't see that in many history books. Hopefully that will change.

Thanks for the comment.


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JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

bgpappa

AMERICAN HISTORY,the first black president in the whitehouse was why many citizens voted for Barak Obama.


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

ok, true statement.

Thanks for reading


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JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

HUBBERS

President Obama having been in office 19 months has not solved the economy and job issues. Unemployment remains at 9.7% and the deficit is sky rocking. Congress is not following PAY-GO legislation rules. The 2011 budget presented by the house shows a $1.3 billion deficit. The budget will now go to the senate ,hopefully debated ,for approval.


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

What does this have to do with this hub. It took eight years to drag this Country down to near ruin, might take a little more than two years to fix all of his screwups.


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JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

bgpappa

YOU'RE RIGHT but you still don't understand that George Bush pulled us out of what Clinton ( recession ) left him when George Bush took over.But really, let's be fair Bush served 8 years with a Democrat majority run Congress the last 2 years and let's not forget Obama and Biden were there too. That's history now except for VP Biden and Barak Obama still telling the American people that they were left with huge problems.ONE MUST GUESS THAT THEY FORGOT THAT The Democrats have been in super majority charge of Congress since 2007 up to the present.The last 19 months with President Obama they still don't know how to run the economy,haven't reduced the deficits and now are in turmoil for the coming elections.


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Jon,

This is a historical hub, hijack one of the political ones if you want to debate.


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bgpappa 5 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Jon,

Appreciate your right to rant, but your rants have to be on the topics of the hubs. So you are gone.


writingguru456 4 years ago

I love this quotation of history but I do believe your language is a little harsh on Adams compared to Jefferson not criticizing just an opinion thanks for this hub :)


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Writingguru,

I am actually a huge Adams fan and believe he receives too little credit for his role in Revolution and the Constitution. But I think the description is fairly accurate.

I appreciate your comments and thanks for stopping by.


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ParadigmEnacted 3 years ago

Awesome. This is the kind of stuff people should write about.


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bgpappa 3 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks Paradigm. I agree.


EdwardLane 9 days ago

That is an excellent article about the presidents. I never knew Roosevelt's grandfather was an admirer of Lincoln. Fascinating story. Thank you for sharing.

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