Today in American history…Gerald and Betty Ford were married on October 14, 1948 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“When I say we’ve had an ideal marriage, I’m not just talking about physical attraction, which I can imagine can wear pretty thin if it’s all a couple has built on. We’ve had that and a whole lot more.” – Betty Ford
“There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things.” – Gerald Ford
Today in American history…Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884 in New York, New York.
She was the First Lady under her husband Franklin Roosevelt’s administration from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945 – which made her the longest serving First Lady in US history. Some of her other accomplishments were:
🇺🇸 First Lady of New York under her husband’s administration from January 1, 1929 – December 31, 1932
🇺🇸 Served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952
🇺🇸 1st Chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women from 1961-1962
She was the first First Lady to hold regular press conferences. She also wrote a daily newspaper column, monthly magazine column, hosted a weekly radio show and spoke at a national party convention.
Controversial for her time, she was very outspoken when it came to women’s rights and civil rights for African Americans. She believed in equality for all.
One of personal favorite quotes of Eleanor Roosevelt is “Well behaved women rarely make history.”
Today in American history…Mary Ann Shadd Cary was born on October 9, 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware.
A woman of many firsts, she was the first black woman in North America to publish a newspaper in 1853: The Provincial Freeman. The newspaper was published weekly in southern Ontario. She advocated for equality, integration and self-education for black people in Canada and the United States.
She was also one of the first black lawyers in the United States.
She was a Suffragist, writer, teacher and abolitionist. In her first published letter, which was written to Frederick Douglass, she wrote:
“We should do more and talk less… We have been holding conventions for years — we have been assembling together and whining over our difficulties and afflictions, passing resolutions on resolutions to any extent, But it does really seem that we have made but little progress considering our resolves.”
Today in American history…our 39th U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia. (Interesting fact: He was the first President to be born in a hospital)
Some of his lifetime accomplishments were:
🇺🇸 Served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1953 (and then in the U.S. Naval Reserves on inactive duty from 1953-1961) 🇺🇸 Member of the Georgia Senate (14th District) from 1963-1967 🇺🇸 Governor of Georgia from 1971-1975 🇺🇸President of the United States from 1977-1981 🇺🇸Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for co-founding The Carter Center
“Earlier in my life I thought the things that mattered were the things that you could see, like your car, your house, your wealth, your property, your office. But as I’ve grown older I’ve become convinced that the things that matter most are the things that you can’t see — the love you share with others, your inner purpose, your comfort with who you are.” Jimmy Carter
On September 29, 1928, Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel was born on September 29, 1928 Sighet, Transylvania (present-day Romania). He was a human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize-winning author of more than 50 books – including one of my favorite books of all time “Night.” His book Night was an internationally acclaimed memoir based on his own personal experiences as a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II.
If there is just one book that is a must read in your lifetime – I highly recommend Night. Its harrowing. Painful. But it’s worth it to read the personal story of Mr. Wiesel.
It’s National Coffee Day☕️ Did you know that coffee was a favorite beverage of Presidents George Washington? John Adams,Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and John F Kennedy? ☕️ George Washington ordered 200 pounds of coffee in 1700 ☕️ John Adams declared tea to be unpatriotic after the Boston Tea Party in 1773 and switched to coffee as his favorite morning beverage instead ☕️Thomas Jefferson declared coffee to be “the favorite beverage of the civilized world ☕️Abraham Lincoln loved to eat an apple for breakfast along with a cup of hot coffee ☕️Teddy Roosevelt literally drank a gallon of coffee (16 cups!) a day ☕️ John F Kennedy had two political ads which aired in 1952 called “Coffee with the Kennedy’s” You can read more here about their love of America’s favorite drink https://www.eatyour.coffee/blogs/news/america-built-on-coffee #thehistoricalhomemaker #nationalcoffeeday #potus #coffeevibes #ilovecoffee #coffeeandhistory
Today in American history…The Judiciary Act of 1789 was passed by the U.S. Congress on September 24th and signed by President George Washington – which established the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court would serve as a tribunal made up of six justices who were to serve on the court until their death or retirement – which ever came first.
On September 24, 1789, President Washington nominated John Jay to preside as the Chief Justice. John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison and James Wilson were nominated to be Associate Justices.
On September 26, 1789, all six nominees were confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Pictured below is a portrait of John Jay, our very first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (picture credit: John Jay New York Historical Society)
Today in American history… Victoria Woodhull was born September 23, 1838 in Homer, Ohio.
Some interesting facts about Victoria Woodhull…
She was the first woman to run for the Presidency of the United States in 1872 as part of the Equal Opportunities Party – Frederick Douglass was her running mate!
She was very much a supporter and activist for women’s rights, labor reforms and believed that women should have the freedom to marry, divorce and to have children without the government interfering in their lives.
“They cannot roll back the rising tide of reform,” she often said. “The world moves.”
She was born into a dysfunctional family. Married young to an abusive husband and had two children – one who was born with lifelong health challenges. She divorced her first husband, married and divorced her second and finally married her last husband and resided in the UK until her death in 1927.
Other great accomplishments were along with her sister, they opened their own brokerage house – Woodhull, Claflin & Company – in 1870 and made a fortune at the New York Stock Exchange. The first woman to do this.
Also, On May 14, 1870, Victoria Woodhull used the money she and her sister had made from their brokerage to start a newspaper, Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly, which published for the next six years. She was the first woman to own a weekly newspaper.
It goes to show what having guts and determination can do – an inspiring “rags to riches” story of how one woman, regardless of where she came from, wanted to and set out to change the world.