February 20th, 2017

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Cabinet: Ethan Allen Hitchcock

On this date in 1899, Ethan Allen Hitchcock took office as the 22nd Secretary of the Interior. Appointed by William McKinley, and kept on by Theodore Roosevelt, he served until March 4, 1907, 8 years 12 days, making him one of only eleven Cabinet members to serve more than eight years in one post.

Prior to serving in the Cabinet, he'd been US Ambassador to Russia for a year and a half, after a 40-year career in business. Hitchcock died two years after leaving the Cabinet, at the age of 73.
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Vice Presidential wedding anniversary: the Tompkinses

On this date in 1798, 16-year-old Hannah Minthorne married 23-year-old lawyer Daniel D. Tompkins. They had eight children between 1800 and 1814. In 1807, Daniel was elected governor of New York, and re-elected several times, staying in office until February 1817, when he resigned days before being inaugurated as the sixth Vice President. Hannah missed that inauguration due to illness. Daniel was the first Vice President to serve eight full years in the office. He died months after retiring, in 1825, the youngest Vice President to die. Hannah survived him by fewer than four years, and died two days before what would have been their 31st anniversary.
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Second Lady Muriel Humphrey

On this date in 1912, Muriel Fay Buck was born in South Dakota. In 1934, she met Hubert Humphrey, and married him two years later (they went on to have four children). From 1945 to 1948, he was mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and from 1949, he represented Minnesota in the Senate. In 1964, Hubert was elected Vice President on Lyndon Johnson’s ticket, and Muriel became Second Lady of the United States on January 20, 1965. In 1968, Hubert ran for the Presidency, but lost to Richard Nixon. He was again elected to the Senate in 1970, and served until his death in early 1978. When he died, Muriel was appointed to his seat, becoming the first spouse of a former Vice President to serve in Congress. She was also the first woman to represent Minnesota in the Senate (Minnesota wouldn’t elect its first female Senator until 2006). Muriel served from January 25 to November 7, 1978, but did not run in the election to fill the seat.

In 1981, she remarried. She died in 1998, and her second husband, Max Brown, died in 2004. Muriel is buried with Hubert in Minneapolis.
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First(ish) Lady Ivana Trump

On this date in 1949, Ivana Marie Zelnickova was born in Zlín (formerly known as Gottwaldov), Czechoslovakia. In 1971, Zelnícková married real estate agent Alfred Winklmayr. They divorced in 1973, and then she moved to Canada. In 1977, she married Donald J. Trump as his first wife. They had three children together, and she became a naturalized US citizen in 1988. Ivana and Donald divorced in 1992. Soon after that divorce, Ivana married Riccardo Mazzucchelli; that marriage lasted two years. In April 2008, Ivana, then 59, married Rossano Rubicondi, then 36, in a $3 million wedding for 400 guests hosted by Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate. Daughter Ivanka Trump was her maid of honor. On December 1, 2008, Ivana confirmed to the Associated Press that she had filed a legal separation agreement three months previously; she has stated in interviews that she and her husband have an on-again/off-again relationship.