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A lively and provocative double biography of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, two extraordinary women whose tangled lives provide a sweeping look at the twentieth century.

When Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901, his beautiful and flamboyant daughter was transformed into "Princess Alice," arguably the century's first global celebrity. Thirty-two years later, her first cousin Eleanor moved into the White House as First Lady. Born eight months and twenty blocks apart from each other in New York City, Eleanor and Alice spent a large part of their childhoods together and were far more alike than most historians acknowledge.

But their politics and temperaments couldn't have been more distinct. Do-gooder Eleanor was committed to social justice but hated the limelight; acid-tongued Alice, who became the wife of philandering Republican congressman Nicholas Longworth, was an opponent of big government who gained notoriety for her cutting remarks (she famously quipped that dour President Coolidge “looked like he was weaned on a pickle”). While Eleanor revolutionized the role of First Lady with her outspoken passion for human rights, Alice made the most of her insider connections to influence politics, including doing as much to defeat the League of Nations as anyone in elective office.

The cousins themselves liked to play up their oil-and-water relationship. “When I think of Frank and Eleanor in the White House I could grind my teeth to powder and blow them out my nose,” Alice once said. In the 1930s they even wrote opposing syndicated newspaper columns and embarked on competing nationwide speaking tours. Blood may be thicker than water, but when the family business is politics, winning trumps everything.

Vivid, intimate, and stylishly written, Hissing Cousins finally sets this relationship center stage, revealing the contentious bond between two political trailblazers who short-circuited the rules of gender and power, each in her own way.

President Calvin Coolidge - Inscribed Photograph Signed

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CALVIN COOLIDGE 10x12½ photo of "Silent Cal" Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Geo. K. Higgins/With Regards/Calvin Coolidge". Sepia, 10x12½. Overall, 8¼x11¼ image (one surface). Photograph by eminent Boston portrait photographer John H. Garo whose students in 1929 included 21-year-old Yousuf Karsh. Respected for his honesty, Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) restored the nation's faith in government when, as 30th President of the U.S. (1923-1929), he aggressively investigated and prosecuted corrupt cronies of the late President Harding implicated in the "Teapot Dome" scandal. Stating that "the business of America is business", Coolidge, the former Governor of Massachusetts (1919-1920), continued the prevalent "laissez-faire" policy toward industry and maintained high tariffs. As Congress lowered income taxes, Coolidge decreased the national debt by more than one billion dollars a year. Although known as a man of few words - hence the nickname "Silent Cal" - Coolidge gave an unprecedented number of press conferences and the first radio address to the nation. The first Vice President to attend Cabinet meetings, he went on to win re-election in his own right in 1924, but declined to run for re-election in 1928. Ronald Reagan, who greatly admired Coolidge, hung a portrait of him in the Oval Office. Lightly rippled. Tape remnants and light surface scuff at lower edge. Tip of lower right corner missing. Adequate contrast. - Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. DOCUMENT 348


The Strange Deaths of President Harding: Tea Pot Dome & Veteran's Bureau Scandals (1996)

Warren Gamaliel Harding (November 2, 1865 -- August 2, 1923) was the 29th President of the United States (1921--1923), a Republican from Ohio who served .

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President Nixons former counsel illuminates another presidency marked by scandalThe 29th President, 1921-1923By John W. DeanWarren G. Harding may be best known as Americas worst president. Scandals plagued him: the Teapot Dome affair, corruption in the Veterans Bureau and the Justice Department, and the posthumous revelation of an extramarital affair. In this wise and compelling biography, John W. Dean - no stranger to controversy himself - recovers the truths and explodes the myths surrounding our twenty-ninth presidents tarnished legacy.


Mansions of Manhattan

Like all great cities, NYC's Island of Manhattan has been home to immense displays of wealth, juxtaposed with immense volume of poverty. The immensely affluent built testaments to their success. Scarcity of land makes that nearly impossible today, but a few of their homes remain. The Gertrude Rhineland Waldo mansion, built in 1898 (it took 4 years) was never occupied by its eccentric heiress and sat vacant until 1921. In 1984, RL leased the space and spent $14 million to renovate it. Then, he went across the street and... Making his fortune from coal and railroads, he supplied Andrew Carnegie's steel mills in 1881. Carnegie (who's mansion is on Fifth & 91st Street) made Frick the chairman of his steel works, using him as the "bad guy" during the... Uptown on Fifth Avenue and 91st Street, Andrew Carnegie built a mansion in 1903. After making his fortune from railroads and steel, he died in 1919, and his wife resided there until 1946. The Carnegie Corporation gave the house to the Smithsonian... Instead of continuing with involvement in global politics, Carnegie used his "buyout money" from J. P. Morgan as donations to charity, libraries, churches and schools. At the pinnacle of Manhattan Society, Caroline Astor was the matriarch of the American Astors. [Her husband's brother avoided her, took the other branch of the family to England, ignored American "business politics" and flourished]. Wife of William Backhouse Astor, Jr. (1829-1892) and mother to John Jacob Astor IV (who died on the Titanic), she had originally lived in a brownstone townhouse (where the Empire State Building is now). Astor tightened power around herself as "gatekeeper" to NYC echelon, to keep "inferior" people (like gaudy/sensational Vanderbilts) from ruining their heritage. Interestingly, she famously shirked the traditional brownstone home to erected a splashy white French Renaissance mansion in 1893--the largest of its kind. Caroline died in 1908, suffering from dementia (supposedly still imagining her parties). In 1927, the mansion was torn down, and the area became a commercial district. It signaled that the wealthy gathered in hotels (some also owned by the Astor family), instead of grand homes. In 1901, Schwab brokered the deal for Carnegie to sell his steelworks to J. P. Morgan, and he became US Steel's president. Hobnobbing with Morgan's other crony, Thomas Edison, Schwab also sold steel to Russia's Trans-Siberian Railroad. Modest anti-corruption mayor, Fiorello La Guardia refused to make it the Mayor's Mansion, so it sat vacant until 1947 when it was demolished for a post-WWII apartment complex (below). Probably due to public hatred of the robber-baron, who's railroad had killed thousands of passengers, pedestrians and employees, and who'd made his fortune price-gouging clients. the house was destroyed when his widower died. (Below, notice the progression of buildings inching closer to the mansion, soon to engulf it). On a parallel corner in the Upper West Side, the Issac Rice Mansion was built. Facing Riverside Drive and the Hudson River, it was built in 1903. Rice, a lawyer for railroads and the founder of the Electric Vehicle Company, hired theater designers Herts & Tallant to design his home. ) Unique to this home is its porte cochere on 89th Street (below). Schinasi's brother, Morris (another tobacco merchant) built his own 35-room mansion further north on Riverside Drive and 107th Street (below). Designed by William Tuthill (who did Carnegie Hall), it was Morris' home until his death in 1928. It remains one of the last free-standing private mansions in the city. Its owner was a founding partner of American Tobacco Company and the owner of Duke Power--still the largest electric power holding company in the United States. [Unfortunately, its award-winning reputation was blemished when it received $216 million in tax rebates, while not paying any taxes from 2008-2010, and while making a profit of $5. 4 billion in 2010 (thus increasing top executive pay 145%)].... [His infamous wife, Leona (known for firing staff over trivial mistakes) was arrested for tax evasion and was quoted, "Only the little people pay taxes". Source: Half Windsor Full Throttle

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  • DNA: President Harding fathered child out of wedlock

    08/14/15 ,via MLive.com

    Historians rank Harding low among the presidents, and he is known mostly for the Teapot Dome scandal that took place during his administration. Family members who researched Harding's history said he was in a sexless marriage and had several 

  • Warren G. Harding's Terrible Tenure

    08/14/15 ,via The Atlantic

    In a piece Thursday for The Washington Post, James B. Robenalt argued that Harding was actually “a good president.” Sure, his Cabinet was riddled with corruption, but its various scandals—most infamously, the Teapot Dome affair—never touched him 

  • As U.S. Raises Flag in Havana, Rubio Lowers Boom on Obama

    Now add President Warren G. Harding, that noted sex symbol, to the list. The 29th president, who created the first federal child-welfare agency, established the predecessor of the Veteran's Administration and who got caught up in the Teapot Dome


@PrezCoolidge don't make me go all Teapot Dome on you, Mr. President 08/14/15, @jaketapper
New meaning to the Teapot Dome Scandal now. DNA Proves President Harding Fathered Child out of Wedlock - http://t.co/nYQ2BxFjaY 08/14/15, @marquezrick
First the Teapot Dome Scandal and now this? Another mark against America's Worst President © https://t.co/ZlF4z0Tyoc 08/14/15, @thadachek



  • The Teapot Dome Scandal

    Capstone. 2007. ISBN: 0756533368,9780756533366. 96 pages.

    Chronicles the 1921 scandal in which Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall leased oil reserves without competitive bidding in exchange for sizeable sums of money.

  • Tempest Over Teapot Dome

    University of Oklahoma Press. 1998. ISBN: 0806130784,9780806130781. 376 pages.

    Offering insight into turn-of-the-century American politics, economic development, and environmental policy, a penetrating study of the Teapot Dome scandal focuses on the role of Albert B. Fall, who became the first American cabinet member sent to prison. UP.

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  • DNA: President Harding fathered child out of wedlock

    08/14/15 ,via MLive

    Genetic analysis has proved that President Warren G. Harding fathered a child with ... Historians rank Harding low among the presidents, and he is known mostly for the Teapot Dome scandal that took place during his administration. Family members who ...

  • AncestryDNA proves President Harding fathered child out of wedlock

    08/14/15 ,via Deseret News

    Genetic analysis has proved that President Warren G. Harding fathered a child with ... Historians rank Harding low among the presidents, and he is known mostly for the Teapot Dome scandal that took place during his administration. Family members who ...

  • As U.S. Raises Flag in Havana, Rubio Lowers Boom on Obama

    08/14/15 ,via US News and World Report

    The 29th president, who created the first federal child-welfare agency, established the predecessor of the Veteran’s Administration and who got caught up in the Teapot Dome scandal broke the Internet for a few hours after DNA tests by Ancestry.com ...


Teapot Dome scandal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Teapot Dome scandal was a bribery incident that took place in the United States from 1921 to 1924, during the administration of President Warren G. Harding ...

Teapot Dome - Infoplease: Encyclopedia, Almanac, Atlas ...

Teapot Dome, in U.S. history, oil reserve scandal that began during the administration of President Harding. In 1921, by executive order of the

Teapot Dome Scandal - Spartacus Educational

Read the essential deatils about the Teapot Dome Scandal. In the early part of the 20th century large oil reserves were discovered at Elk Hills, California and Teapot ...

Teapot Dome Gas Station-Zillah, WA
Teapot Dome Gas Station-Zillah, WA
This little gas station was built in 1922, a commentary on the Teapot Dome scandal involving President Harding and a federal petroleum reserve in Wyoming. Said to be the oldest gas station in use in the country (No longer in use), it survived partially because it was moved years ago, to be closer to the interstate. Neat!
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Teapot Filling Station in Zillah, WA.
Teapot Filling Station in Zillah, WA.
Beverages fuel my bicycling. Built in 1920s after the Teapot Dome Scandal. President Harding's time. Speaking of politics, see my blog entry. I was passing through here when news about Senator Larry Craig was breaking on the radio. Back at the teapot in 2010.
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General Services Administration Building
General Services Administration Building
The U.S. General Services Administration Building, originally designed for the U.S. Department of the Interior, was the first truly modern office building constructed by the U.S. Government and served as a model for federal offices through the early 1930s. New York architect Charles Butler (1871-1953) designed the innovative building in his capacity as consultant to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Supervising Architect Oscar Wenderoth (1873-1938). Butler’s design, patterned after private office buildings in New York and Washington, DC, allowed for the substantial amount of natural light necessary for the many architects, draftsmen, pressmen, and scientists working in the building. Construction of the restrained Neo-Classical building began in 1915 and was completed in 1917 at a cost of $2,703,494. The U.S. Department of the Interior occupied the building from 1917 until 1937, a period significant in the department’s history. The activities of the National Park Service were...
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