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This Date in History

Posted in April, Presidents on April 15, 2011 by Kent

April 15, 1865: President Abraham Lincoln dies, several hours after being shot at Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. Andrew Johnson becomes the nation’s 17th president.Death of President Lincoln: At Washington, D.C. April 15th 1865. The Nation's Martyr

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This Date in History

Posted in April, Presidents on April 2, 2011 by Kent

April 2, 1917: President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, “The world must be made safe for democracy.”wilson-before-congress

Lincoln’s Cottage on NPR’s Morning Edition

Posted in Park View, Petworth, Presidents with tags , , on July 20, 2009 by Kent

NPR’s Morning Edition had a story on President Lincoln and the Lincoln Cottage this morning. You can read or listen to the segment here>>

While this historic site and the Soldiers’ Home where it is located is presently located between North Capitol Street and the neighborhoods of Petworth and Park View, it is hard to imagine that during Lincoln’s time the entire area was wilderness.

Pets of the White House

Posted in Presidents with tags , on May 27, 2009 by Kent

Pauline was the pet of President William Howard Taft and is seen here grazing on the south lawn of the White House. She supplied the Taft family with fresh milk daily. Pauline(Image Courtesy DC Public Library Commons’ photostream)

Lost Washington: The Little Green House

Posted in Crime, Downtown, Lost Washington, Presidents, Then and Now on May 15, 2009 by Kent

Little Green House 1625 K Street, NWThe structure that became known as the Little Green House @ 1625 K Street, NW, started out its history innocently enough. In 1880, Mr. J. B. Edmonds of Iowa purchased the property and erected the house of green stone for $17,000. Mr. Edmonds was a retired lawyer.

The Edmonds family lived in the home until Mrs. Lydia M. Edmonds passed away on November 18, 1912. At that time, the Edmonds estate was valued at about $550,000.

The house took on a level of notoriety during the administration of Warren G. Harding. When he took office in 1921, and the Ohio Gang followed him to town, the house was leased by an Ohio politician turned lobbyist who also happened to be a friend of Harry M. Daugherty, Harding’s Attorney General.

Daugherty and HardingIn the next two years the home was the scene of Presidential poker parties and revelry of a more spectacular sort (some even went so far as to suggest orgies). One writer of the time described the home as a rendezvous where shady political-business deals were consummated over bottles of confiscated liquor.

The whole thing came to public notice when the Harding administration suddenly collapsed. Time and again during Senate committees and before courts of law, the Little Green House was named as the place where less than above board Government deals were made.

Commonwealth BuildingIn the final years of the house it had a quiet existence. It was vacant for several years and eventually was a home for several fraternities. In 1931 it was remodeled as a business office.

The home was eventually razed in April of 1941 to make way for a $500,000, 1,260,000 cubic ft. office building. The Commonwealth building was built in 1943, with renovations in 1996 and 2002, and is still there today.

This Date in History

Posted in May, Presidents on May 13, 2009 by Kent

May 13, 1966: President Johnson signed into law a bill freeing the first funds for two of his controversial antipoverty programs–rent subsidies and a National Teacher Corps.lyndon-johnson-picture

Shepard Fairey Seems to be Pervasive

Posted in Presidents, Street Art with tags , , on April 30, 2009 by Kent

Now that I’m keeping my eyes open for Fairey’s art around town, I’ve actually started to notice quite a few. This one of Obama, from which the portrait in the National Portrait Gallery is based, is on 14th Street, NW, just north of U and is part of a much larger grouping. I haven’t been able to get a good shot of all of them, as its a construction zone right now. Perhaps this weekend I’ll be able to remedy that.progress-obama