January 6th, 2017

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Presidential parents: Bill Clinton

On this date in 1994, President Bill Clinton's mother, Virginia Cassidy Blythe Clinton Clinton Dwire Kelley died at the age of 70. She was one of seven Presidential mothers to die during her son's term of office. Thrice widowed and once divorced, she was also the most-married Presidential parent (her fifth husband, Richard Kelley, survived her by 13 years). Her first husband, the future President's father, died weeks before his son's birth. She divorced Roger Clinton in 1962, after 12 years of marriage, and then remarried him several months later; he died in 1967.
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Presidential wedding anniversary: the Washingtons

On this date in 1759, 28-year-old widow Martha Dandridge Custis married George Washington, who was ten months younger than her, and had never been married. She had been married to Daniel Parke Custis, a planter two decades older than she was, at the age of 18. The Custises had four children before his death in 1758. Her two surviving children lived with the Washingtons, but both of them died in their young adulthood. In 1789, the Washingtons moved to the national capital, New York City, after Washington was chosen as the first President of the United States. They were together until his death in 1799 (she died two and a half years later).
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Presidential wedding anniversary: the GHWBushes

Happy anniversary, George and Barbara Bush.

21-year-old Barbara Pierce married 22-year-old war veteran George H.W. Bush 72 years ago today. They had six children between 1946 and 1959 (one of whom died as a child). Days after their 36th anniversary, they moved into the Naval Observatory when he was elected Vice President, and eight years later, into the White House when he became the first sitting Vice President since Martin Van Buren to be elected President. They retired from Washington four years later, when he was defeated by Bill Clinton, but eight years after that, they became only the second Presidential couple (the first to both live long enough) to see their son -- George W. Bush -- elected President. The Bushes are only the second couple to live long enough to see their son retire from the Presidency (the first, Joseph and Rose Kennedy, outlived their assassinated son).

The Bushes' 72 years of marriage is the longest of any Presidential couple. Number 2 on that list is Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, who were married a year and a half after the Bushes. Number three on the list is the Fords, who were married just over 58 years when he died in 2006.
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President Theodore Roosevelt

On this date in 1919, Theodore Roosevelt died. He had been Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1897-98), the 33rd Governor of New York (1899-1900), the 25th Vice President of the United States (March-September 1901), and, on September 14, 1901, became the 26th (and youngest) President of the United States (upon William McKinley's death). In 1912, he again sought the Republican nomination for President, but the Party chose incumbent William Howard Taft. Roosevelt formed his own Progressive, or Bull Moose, Party, and came in second in the election of 1912 (to winner Woodrow Wilson; Taft was the only incumbent President to place third in his re-election campaign).
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Second Lady Caro Dawes

On this date in 1866, Caro Dana Blymyer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1889, she married lawyer Charles Dawes, who would soon move into business management. They had two children, and adopted two more.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge chose Dawes as his Vice Presidential running mate, and from 1925 to 1929, Caro was Second Lady of the United States. For three years after their departure from Washington, the Daweses lived in England, because Charles was Ambassador to the UK. Caro died in 1957.
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Presidents Who Won Election While Losing the Electoral Votes of Their Home States

Congress is scheduled to count the electoral votes for the election of 2016 today, and then officially announce the winner of the election (assumed to be Donald Trump), who will take office on January 20th. Since today is the day electoral votes truly count, I offer the following:

Presidents Who Won Election While Losing the Electoral Votes of Their Home States

The election of 2016 was the 58th quadrennial election of a President of the United States. In those 58 elections, it is a rarity for someone to win the election while losing the electoral votes of his home state.

1844: James Polk defeated Henry Clay, 170-105. Clay won the votes of his home state of Kentucky and Polk’s home state of Tennessee.

1916: Sitting President Woodrow Wilson re-elected over Charles Evans Hughes, 277-254. Wilson lost his home state of New Jersey and Hughes's home state of New York (both of which he'd won four years earlier).

1968: Former Vice President Richard Nixon defeats sitting Vice President Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace: Nixon, 301; Humphrey, 191; Wallace, 46. Nixon was a Californian, but had been living in New York since 1962. Nixon won California, but Humphrey won New York.

2016: Donald Trump defeats Hillary Clinton, 304-227. Both lived in New York at the time of the election, but only Trump was born in the state. Clinton won New York and her birth state of Illinois; Trump won Arkansas, where Clinton had been living when her husband was elected President in 1992.

Other Presidents Who Lost the Electoral Votes of Their Home States

1840: Martin Van Buren lost his bid for re-election to William Henry Harrison, 234-60. Van Buren lost his home state of New York, which he'd won four years earlier. In 1848, Van Buren ran again, receiving no electoral votes to Zachary Taylor's 163 and Lewis Cass's 127. New York voted for Taylor.

1856: Former President Millard Fillmore won 8 electoral votes, coming in third, behind James Buchanan (174 electoral votes) and John C. Fremont (114). Fillmore won the votes of Maryland, but lost his home state of New York (which voted for Fremont).

1888: Sitting President Grover Cleveland lost his bid for re-election to Benjamin Harrison, 233-168. Cleveland lost his home state of New York, which he'd won four years earlier.

1892: Sitting President Benjamin Harrison lost his bid for re-election to former President Grover Cleveland, 277-145 (with 22 electoral votes going to James B. Weaver). Harrison lost his home state of Indiana, which he'd won four years earlier. Cleveland also won back New York.

1912: Woodrow Wilson defeated sitting President William Howard Taft and former President Theodore Roosevelt (Wilson, 435; Roosevelt, 88; Taft, 8). Wilson won his home state of New Jersey, Roosevelt's home state of New York, and Taft's home state of Ohio.
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Declaration of a winner of the Presidential election of 2016

I've just watched the counting of the votes for the Presidential election of 2016. To nobody's surprise, Donald J. Trump won.

The vote was:
Donald Trump: 304
Hillary Clinton: 227
Colin Powell: 3
John Kasich: 1
Ron Paul: 1
Bernie Sanders: 1
Faith Spotted Eagle: 1

The vote for Vice President:
Mike Pence: 305
Tim Kaine: 227
Elizabeth Warren: 2
Maria Cantwell: 1
Susan Collins: 1
Carly Fiorina: 1
Winona LaDuke: 1

So there we have it. Now we know who's going to be inaugurated on January 20th.