As the last of the “log cabin” American Presidents, James A. Garfield attacked political corruption and help the office of the Presidency earn back a measure of prestige and respect it had lost during the Reconstruction period. Early Life He was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in 1831. His father died when James was two years old. In order to pay for his education, he spent time driving canal boat teams. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1856, and he returned to the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (later known as Hiram College) in Ohio as a professor of the classics. Within a year, he was made its president. Path to the White House Garfield was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1859 as a Republican. During the secession of the Southern states, he supported coercing the seceding states back into the Union. In 1862, when the South was winning the majority of the ...

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Rutherford B. Hayes became the 19th President of the United States in a hard won battle that many historians say was one of the most controversial elections in the nation's history. He pulled troops out of the Southern states in what many anti-slavery advocates considered a betrayal. His intention to bring peace and return the power back to the local governments was indeed necessary to the health of the country. Early Years Rutherford Hayes was born in Ohio in 1822. He earned his higher education at Kenyon College and Harvard Law School. After practicing law for five years in Lower Sandusky, he moved to the larger city of Cincinnati, where he exceeded expectations as a Whig lawyer. He fought with the Union in the Civil War, but was wounded in action. His final rank when he left the Army was brevet major general. While he was still in the Army, Cincinnati Republicans campaigned ...

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Issues surrounding the immigration bill being brought in by President Obama have left the department of Homeland Security threatened with closure, however a potential funding patch may prevent the shutdown – temporarily. Today Republicans from the House of Representatives are planning to push forward with a temporary funding plan that would see the Homeland Security funding secured for another three weeks. Some may see this as a chance to sort out the difficulties with the bill once and for all but for others this is merely stalling the inevitable which will lead to a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security agency. According to a report by Reuters, as the clock ticked toward a midnight Friday deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security, lawmakers said a stop-gap extension would buy time to try to work out differences between the Republican-controlled House and the Senate. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sent a letter to congressional ...

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Gen. Ulysses S. Grant quarreled with President Andrew Johnson and aligned himself with the Radical Republicans. He was, as the symbol of Union victory during the Civil War, their logical candidate for the18th President of the United States in 1868. The American people who were responsible for electing him hoped for an end to the turmoil caused by the Civil War and Reconstruction. However, Grant provided them with neither vigor nor reform. Looking to Congress for direction, he seemed overwhelmed. One visitor to the White House made the remark that Grant was "a puzzled pathos, as of a man with a problem before him of which he does not understand the terms." Early Years Born in 1822, Ulysses Grant was the son of an Ohio tanner. He went to West Point against his will, and he graduated in the middle of his class. He went on to fight in the Mexican War under ...

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Andrew Johnson unexpectedly became the 17th American President after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. He was responsible for many of the policies adopted for the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. Many historians consider him one of the worst presidents, after James Buchanon, because he favored Southern whites and hindered the nation’s healing process. Early Life Andrew Johnson was born in December, 1808 in Raleigh, North Carolina. His father was a constable and his mother worked as a laundress. Johnson was three years old when family faced even harder financial burdens because of his father untimely death. There were even rumors that Andrew was fathered by another man because he did not resemble his siblings. Andrew was apprenticed to a tailor when he was ten years old. The contract specified that he remain until the age of twenty-one, but he ran away after five years. He was provided a rudimentary education in reading while he was ...

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Never before has the subject of marijuana been more in the headlines with a growing movement of decriminalisation rolling across the US and raising political questions. It is now legal to smoke, grow and own small amounts of marijuana in the state of Alaska, leading to other states to look at the northwest frontier to consider their own future on the subject. What makes the move in Alaska so politically interesting is that the state is traditionally generally leaning towards the Republican side of the fence.  However the new measure was passed last year narrowly and soon the states of both Colorado and Washington were following suit – changing the landscape of the use of the drug for ever. While many may think that it is now legal to smoke, use, grow and possess marijuana, there is a very thin, yet clear line between decriminalisation and legalisation and the drug remains illegal under ...

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The assisted health care reform brought in by President Obama and widely referred to as Obamacare, is under threat due to wording in the law but one Supreme Court Chief Justice could be able to save the entire programme. It was three years ago that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Robert cast the vote that essentially saved President Barack Obama’s Obamacare and he could be the man to help keep it on the books as another challenge against it prepares to enter the high court. According to a report by Reuters, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Robert looks like being the vote that could sway things in the favour of the government and Obamacare. Reuters explains that the conservative challengers in the case aim to persuade Roberts and the other eight justices that the federal government has overreached by providing tax subsidies to millions of people in 34 states that didn't create their ...

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President Barack Obama has begun to tentatively try to sell the concepts of free trade to the American public but he will have to not only win over the people of the country, he also needs to work hard on those in his own Democratic party. Currently President Obama is working to put the finishing touches to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.  The TPP, if allowed to go ahead fully, will allow free trade from Japan across to Chile and will cover a massive 40 percent of the globe in one agreement. During his weekly address, President Obama said: "I’m the first to admit that past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype." He added: "But that doesn’t mean we should close ourselves off from new opportunities." According to a report by Reuters, the first step in working with other nations to finalise the TPP deal is to pass "fast ...

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Potential presidential candidate, Republican Chris Christie, is facing pressure to up his campaign. Chris Christie has been a front runner for the Republicans for some time but he faces stiff competition, particularly from Jeb Bush who is rapidly bringing donors to his campaign. Chris Christie was once a very strong contender for the republicans but he has recently encountered problems at home and has been slow to get his campaign off the ground leaving many to wonder if he really is the right man for the republicans to seriously back for the presidential race. According to a report by Reuters, the former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, an early Christie mentor, diagnosed Christie's problem on Friday after The Washington Post and The New York Times published stories detailing the defection of Christie donors to Bush, the former Florida governor, and others. "I think you've got to make sure you have the right national staff, ...

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The 16th American President, Abraham Lincoln, entered into office at one of the most tumultuous times in the country’s history. States had already decided to secede from the Union because of the slavery issue. He is ultimately credited with the decision to end slavery in the United States. Historians have consistently ranked him as one of the top three presidents. Early Life Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a one-room log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky. His family moved to southern Indiana in 1816. Lincoln’s formal education was limited to three brief periods in local schools because he had to work to help support his family. In 1830, his family moved to Macon County in southern Illinois, and Lincoln worked on a river flatboat hauling freight down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. He moved again and settled in the town of New Salem, Illinois, where he worked as a ...

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