Monday, February 16, 2009

happy presidents day!

visiting thomas jefferson's home w/my dad and my little sister. charlottesville, virginia, 1969.

happy presidents day from the state affectionately nicknamed 'the mother of the presidents'
Eight U.S. presidents hailed from Ohio at the time of their elections, giving rise to the nickname "Mother of Presidents", a sobriquet it shares with Virginia. Seven presidents were born in Ohio, making it second to Virginia's eight, but Virginia-born William Henry Harrison lived most of his life in Ohio and is also buried there. Harrison conducted his political career while living on the family compound, founded by William's father-in-law, John Cleves Symmes, in North Bend, Ohio. The seven presidents born in Ohio were Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison (grandson of William Henry Harrison), William McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding. (wikipedia)
coincidentally yesterday c-span released the results of a recent survey of leading historians, c-span asked the historians to rank and rate the presidents. not surprisingly, abraham lincoln tops the list, with george washington following a close second. according to the c-span survey, the highest ranked president from ohio is william mckinley who comes in at #16 (right behind bill clinton) and the lowest ranked president from ohio is warren g. harding who is ranked at #38. even though we are now on #44, there are only 42 names on the list. of course we can't rank president obama since he has just started his first term in office. and presidential trivia buffs may remember that we had one president who served two non-consecutive terms. although this president didn't hail from ohio, at least his name had a connection to ohio for this president was no other than grover cleveland - who by the way, ranked #21 in the c-span survey - which is dead center!

for inquiring mice who need to know the results of the c-span survey are here.


george clinton's 1993 hit paint the white house black:

20 comments:

John Hayes said...

Great 60s pic from Monicello-- I lived in Charlottesville for several memorable years in the 80s, & actually spent a summer working on the grounds crew at Ash Lawn, Monroe's house down the road from Monticello. They say Jefferson wanted Monroe on the lower ground below M'cello so he could keep an eye on him.

Nan said...

Great photograph, though I wouldn't say you look so thrilled. :<) My fave pres - Theodore Roosevelt. Then comes John Adams, and then Harry Truman. I've read biographies of each one, and what men they were!

Loveanewidea said...

Love the photo - especially your purse! We visited there just about 30 years after you did.

R.L. Bourges said...

I was just going to say: love the handbag. I see the feeling is shared.

(And Hail to the Chief, of course)

K. said...

It was interesting poll. I'm suspicious of the criteria, as Kennedy was so high. He served less than three years, was timid on Civil Rights -- the signature domestic issue of his time -- and initiated the accelerated drift into Vietnam.

The effort to make these presidential polls non-ideological stymies debate. In terms of accomplishing what he set out to do, I understand Reagan's high ranking. In that light, he could be higher. But whether or not his presidency was good for the country is another matter entirely.

willow said...

Your picture could have been me visiting Monticello! I was there in '69 or maybe '70 with a little sister that looked a lot like yours! My youngest sister is 11 years younger.

Warren Harding's home is worth the trip down to Marion to see. I had to go for a visit a few years back after I read Anthony's bio on Florence Harding. I should blog about it.

tut-tut said...

Cute then; cuter now!

Did you have a smiley face pin back then? I did—one for each point of my unbuttoned button-down collar. Yikes!

Roy said...

I grew up in MD, and having a father who loved to jump in the car and just go, we managed to visit a lot of history when I was a kid - Monticello, Mt. Vernon, DC, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Gettysburg... MD, VA, and PA are just full of US history, especially colonial and Civil War.

Barbara said...

I especially love the shorts with a purse look of 1969.

Coffee Messiah said...

I was gonna say that youngin' looks just like you.

There are photos of my sister and I that look similar too.

On another note:
Do you know the story behind the Tavern Club and Grampahanna??? What a curious place and the guys who frequented were something else ; )

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Merle Sneed said...

The C-Span poll was interesting. Except for Bush, the bottom group was the presidents that no one really remembers.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

That is so interesting that so many presidents hail from Ohio - must be something in the water! ;-)

Reya Mellicker said...

LOVE the pic of you! What a cute outfit, including your little clutch bag. I wonder what you were thinking about, wandering around Jefferson's house? Do you remember??

Avid Reader said...

I didn't realize your little sister was so little, I thought she was only a year or two younger. You are bothe so adorable!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

john - I've always loved the charlottesville area; what a great job to have. I can't remember ever having visited ash lawn - which is a shame, we'll have to make a point to visit sometime when we're in that neck of the woods.

nan - I remember loving the visit, however, at 14 I was the typical self-conscious teenager who didn't necessarily enjoy having their photo taken. also there was a long while I gave a tight lipped smile/look - I have always had a gap in my front teeth and I seem to remember being particularly self-conscious of the gap when I was a teen....in terms of presidents - did you per chance catch the hbo series on john adams? it was great....

loveandwide - I've been make many times since that first visit in 1969.... although probably haven't been back since the mid 1990s

rlb - I'll keep an eye out for a handbag like that for you!

k - thanks for the comment - I agree with all points....and add that I expect in 10 years time gwb will be even lower...

willow - my sister is just a bit more than 8 yrs younger....thanks for the advice on visiting harding's house, I'll have to check it out sometime. we haven't explored too much of ohio outside of the greater cleveland area (well and parts of amish country) I'm sad to say - something to look forward to...

tut-tut - I don't recall having a smiley faced pin. but remember those tiny little bug and animal pins - they were on like stickpins - I remember having pins with heads with ladybugs, cats, frogs and even a turtle on them!

roy - my family did the same and visited all those places ....who knows we probably were at the same place at the same time!!! I especially loved visiting colonial williamsburg. and in my family of 'creation' we have carried on the tradition - and love to visit historical houses and 'living museums' such as sturbridge village, shaker communities, ohio's hale farm & village, etc.

barbara - maybe I'll find two of the purses for rlb and you!

coffee - I don't know jack about the tavern club or grandpa hanna....pray tell, what's the skinny?

mike - hmmmm.... will have to see about this. I'm naturally skeptical and checked out the site and lots of ads going on....I hate ads....

merle - as I mentioned to k, I bet w will fall further down in the rankings...

av - well it's been quite a while since a president hailed from ohio! but it is interesting...

reya - I remember being fascinated by the place....and have gone back many times since.

av - aw thanks

K. said...

"k - thanks for the comment - I agree with all points....and add that I expect in 10 years time gwb will be even lower..."

I checked the list again and noticed that he is the lowest two-term president.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

One of my early visits to Monticello was around the same time. That might be me over by the entry. Love that white purse as well. I've long been conflicted by Jefferson who was visionary but also a slaveholder. There has been much written about the "Jefferson Bible" recently and how he felt all the "magic" and the Trinity needed to be removed. A fascinating thought.

Don Parker said...

And if you consider his overall impact on the world, GWB has to be the worst president ever. How telling that he's below Hoover.

Kimy, like others, I have to say -- great purse and contemplative look.

And congrats on the comment asking for an interview. You go, girl.

Squirrel said...

no kidding love those pigtails, I just want to squeeze you!