Let’s make a deal…welcome to Jefferson’s dinner table bargain of 1790

Let’s make a deal…welcome to Jefferson’s dinner table bargain of 1790

By Don Radebaugh — If you were paying attention in history class, you’ve probably heard about the Missouri Compromise or the Compromise of 1850; but how about the Compromise of 1790? Heard of that one? Unless you’ve seen the Broadway musical Hamilton, or you’re a student of the post-American Revolutionary period, you may not know about the earlier compromise, or in this case, a “dinner table bargain” between political friends/rivals James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, as brokered by Thomas Jefferson…

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Hail to the Secret Service, albeit 3 months too late for Lincoln

Hail to the Secret Service, albeit 3 months too late for Lincoln

By Don Radebaugh — SYLVANIA, Ohio (Jan. 22, 2018) — Most people recognize Secret Service agents as those mysterious, stone-faced guys in dark glasses and trench coats who surround the American President, full-well ready, willing and able to pour bullets into anyone intent on bringing harm to the Commander in Chief. Unfortunately for Abraham Lincoln, they showed up three months too late. Ironically, it was Lincoln, on the day he was assassinated, who put the concept of the Secret Service…

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“Over Lincoln’s dead body” … the bizarre story

“Over Lincoln’s dead body” … the bizarre story

By Don Radebaugh — When Fleetwood Lindley died in 1963, he would officially go down in history as the last person to have looked upon the face of Abraham Lincoln, albeit the “viewing” came 36 years after Lincoln’s death. Lindley was among several other witnesses who “signed off” on the 16th President before he was buried for good in 1901. Lindley was 75 years old in January of 1963 when he was interviewed for the final time. “I was allowed…

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Welcome to Lincoln’s “University of New Salem”

Welcome to Lincoln’s “University of New Salem”

By Don Radebaugh — Abraham Lincoln was largely self-taught, which makes his rise to the presidency of the United States that more incredible. Based on what we know, he had, all totaled, about a year or less of formal education, and that was all in “blab” schools during his boyhood years . They were blab schools because children would recite their lessons out loud. Writing utensils, paper, books and other essentials were scarce on the frontier so lessons were often…

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Happy Thanksgiving … “Party of one?”

Happy Thanksgiving … “Party of one?”

By Don Radebaugh — As far as favorite holidays go, it’s hard to out-run Christmas; but Thanksgiving gives ole Saint Nick a run for the money every time. No commercial pressure to buy presents for people who don’t need anything. Just the amazing warmth of family and friends and the most delicious homemade meal on earth. For a history geek like me, it also doesn’t hurt that my favorite President, that would be Abraham Lincoln if you hadn’t noticed, officially…

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Remembering Indiana’s Pat O’Connor…the untold stories

Remembering Indiana’s Pat O’Connor…the untold stories

By Don Radebaugh — Nothing ever tore through the heart and soul of North Vernon, Indiana quite like it did the day Pat O’Connor died. In the blink of an eye, he was gone, and North Vernon has not been the same ever since. How could it? Their very own hometown hero, the man that had so much promise, was no more. Had he lived, he would have more than likely become the President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and…

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Bucket List day, Chuck Ealey…Check

Bucket List day, Chuck Ealey…Check

By Don Radebaugh — I’m not one to line up football stars on my wall at home…I take my heroes seriously. In fact there’s only one who would ever make it to my “wall of fame”. If there ever was a ‘bucket list’ day in my world, it happened to me yesterday. I met, in my opinion, the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. But that’s only part of his story…it’s the great dignity, integrity and gracious class of…

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Kansas-Nebraska Act lures Lincoln back into politics

Kansas-Nebraska Act lures Lincoln back into politics

By Don Radebaugh — Part of the mystery in history is how often events hinge on a dime. If this or that happens, or it doesn’t, then history flows in an entirely different direction. If I could only choose a handful of events that had the greatest effect on American history, the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 would rank right up there. To cut to the chase, if not for the aforementioned legislation, Abraham Lincoln would never have become the 16th…

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Lawyer Lincoln…the man in white? Armstrong on trial for murder

Lawyer Lincoln…the man in white? Armstrong on trial for murder

By Don Radebaugh — It’s a rare thing indeed when Abraham Lincoln was photographed in anything but mostly black clothing…his 3-piece black suit would become his signature as President. However, one such photo shows Lincoln dressed in mostly white from bottom to top. So why did Lincoln opt for all white clothes for this particular photo op? There’s arguably a good answer to that question, and it lies ahead. Lincoln the lawyer ultimately left his mark all over the world…

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Lincoln rocks the campus at Knox College…have a seat

Lincoln rocks the campus at Knox College…have a seat

By Don Radebaugh — It’s not often that I get to sit in a chair that Abraham Lincoln sat in; in fact, come to think of it, this would be a first for me. I did my best to capture the moment, but with just a few seconds to work with, I needed the photo to stop time. It was surreal for me, hence the goofy look on my face; but man oh man was it powerful for a history…

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