William Henry Harrison, who died 32 days into his presidency and had the shortest tenure of any commander in chief, ranked just above Trump.
Beneath the promise of gold in California, white settlers were well-armed and prepared to kill Native Americans that lived there.
The vice president has offices in the West Wing and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The ornate EEOB office is used for ceremonial gatherings and press events. The more modest White House office is a workspace in close proximity to the president. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. The vice […]
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in with a Bible that belonged to Thurgood Marshall. Marshall was a lawyer, civil rights activist, and the first Black Supreme Court justice. Harris called Marshall “one of my heroes and inspirations” in her memoir. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Vice President-elect […]
Outgoing presidents have welcomed their successors into office through letters and other traditions. Donald Trump will be the first US president since 1869 not to attend his successor’s inauguration. He did, however, reportedly leave a note for President-elect Joe Biden in the Oval Office. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. […]
On Wednesday, Kamala Harris made history when she was sworn in as the nation’s first female, Black, and South Asian American vice president. For millions of Americans, Jan. 20 marked the first time they saw themselves reflected at the highest level of government. Insider wants our readers to reflect on […]
A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday in a riot that left four people dead. It was the first mass breach of the Capitol since the War of 1812. On August 24, 1814, British forces invaded Washington, DC, and burned the Capitol and the White House. Visit Insider’s […]
Ever since the US was founded in 1776, its leaders have been breaking records. President Donald Trump is the oldest president to be elected. Whether Trump or Joe Biden win this year’s election, they will break that record. At 43, John F. Kennedy was the youngest elected president, yet Theodore […]
Candidates never used to campaign for themselves – supporters spoke on their behalf. Debates were televised beginning in 1960, and the first televised town hall debate was held in 1992. Attacking one’s political opponent is nothing new, but the methods have changed. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. It used […]
Martha Washington’s gold silk damask wedding gown is on display at Mount Vernon. Laura Bush bought her two-tone wedding dress straight off the rack in 1977. Melania Trump’s Dior wedding gown held 1,500 crystal rhinestones and pearls. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. In addition to championing important causes and […]
After the White House, the Obamas moved to an 8,200-square-foot mansion in Washington, DC. Bill and Hillary Clinton moved to a Dutch Colonial house in Chappaqua, New York. The Trumans returned to the Missouri home they lived in when they first got married. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. When […]
Some first ladies grew up in humble suburban homes. Others were raised on wealthy plantations and estates. Many of their birthplaces and childhood homes are now museums or national landmarks. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. The role of US first lady has never been officially defined, and the influential […]
Some US presidents grew up on farms with no electricity or running water. Others grew up in mansions. Many of their birthplaces and childhood homes are now museums or national landmarks. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Some US presidents as recent as Jimmy Carter grew up on rural farms […]
Memorial Day officially became a national holiday in 1971 and was originally named Decoration Day. This year, there are many ways to honour US veterans and explore the history of war without leaving home. The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Air & Space Museum […]
A long history of discrimination has led to government inaction and mishandling of outbreaks throughout American history. During the Civil War, an outbreak of smallpox among African Americans was left ignored. When the AIDS epidemic occured in the 1980s, government reluctance to help gay populations resulted in countless deaths and […]
Eggnog is a hot-button topic when it comes to holiday beverages, attracting fans and detractors alike. The drink has a rather odd history, going from a beverage that was believed to be a nutritional treatment for influenza to a sloshy party punch. George Washington had a particularly alcoholic recipe for […]