Monday, June 13, 2022

Episode 21 - Chester A. Arthur

Chester A. Arthur, the son of a poor Baptist preacher, rose to become a well-connected New York attorney. He honed his masterful administrative skills as New York's Quartermaster General during the Civil War, then applied those skills to become an unparalleled party organizer. In an era of rampant political corruption, Arthur was the quintessential machine politician. He held the federal government's most lucrative patronage post until President Hayes fired him, yet his party connections landed him a cushy spot as James A. Garfield's vice presidential running mate in 1880. But when an assassin's bullet cuts Garfield down, can Arthur rise above his unscrupulous past and become a respectable president? Listen and learn about one of the great presidential redemption stories!

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Mrs. Jaramillo ran off – The Las Vegas Gazette (Las Vegas, NM) – August 12, 1883

Mrs. Jaramillo responds – The Las Vegas Gazette (Las Vegas, NM) – August 12, 1883

Prostitution Ordinance – Pleasanton Observer-Enterprise (Pleasanton, KS) – May 26, 1883

$25 reward for whoever stole flowers off child’s grave – Fremont Tribune (Fremont, NE) – June 21, 1884


Heise’s Liquor Foundry – The Las Vegas Gazette (Las Vegas, NM) – January 19, 1883

Heise has Excelsior Beer – The Las Vegas Gazette (Las Vegas, NM) – October 5, 1881

Heise known where people drink whiskey – The Las Vegas Gazette (Las Vegas, NM) – October 7, 1882

$500 reward for whoever disinterred Mrs. Heise’s corpse – The Las Vegas Gazette (Las Vegas, NM) – December 14, 1882

Fiendish fiends dig up Mrs. Heise’s body – The Las Vegas Gazette (Las Vegas, NM) – December 12, 1882

J.D. Farmer’s One-Price Store – The Ogden Standard (Ogden, UT) – December 29, 1881

J.D. Farmer’s goods – Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) – February 25, 1882

J.D. Farmer’s Special Reduction Sale! – Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) – June 13, 1882

$25 silk suit for only $15 – Deseret News (Sat Lake City, UT) – March 11, 1882

$500 reward for the recovery of J.D. Farmer’s body– The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City, UT) – August 13, 1882

J.D. Farmer drowned – Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) – August 7, 1882

J.D. Farmer’s entire stock for sale by his Estate Administrator – The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT) September 30, 1882 

Is it Farmer’s body? – The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City, UT) – October 13, 1886

Farmer’s remains found? – The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City, UT) – October 14, 1886

Farmer inquest – The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City, UT) – October 15, 1886

Farmer identified – The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City, UT) – October 16, 1886





 

Monday, June 6, 2022

PWF #4 - Make Wrestling Great Again

In the Presidential Wrestling Federation's latest pay-per-view, Make Wrestling Great Again, the PWF gets acclimated to its new owner and inaugurates its new Women's Division. All the titles are on the line in this exciting event:
  • Joe Biden vs. William Howard Taft
  • Tag Team Championship Match: George H.W. Bush & George W. Bush vs. Theodore Roosevelt & Grover Cleveland
  • Women's Championship Match: Dolley Madison vs. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Transcontinental Championship Match: John Quincy Adams vs. Andrew Jackson
  • Steel Cage Match for the PWF Championship: George Washington vs. Mystery #1 Contender

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Presidential War #15 - Vulgar Display of Presidential Power

In this bizarro episode of Presidential War, the object of the game is to lose. With inverted categories like (Least) Best Politician, (Least) Best Statesman, and (Least) Best President Overall, we find out which presidents are the biggest losers!   

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Top 5 Constitutional Convention Delegates

In the summer of 1787, fifty-five of America's most prominent leaders attended the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Writing from Paris, Thomas Jefferson called it "an assembly of demigods." On this episode, we count down the Top 5 delegates who were most influential in shaping the Constitution that emerged. 

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Episode 20 - James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield rose from humble beginnings to become a well-respected scholar, war hero, and Republican party leader during 18 years in the House of Representatives. In 1880, against his own protests, he was chosen as the dark horse compromise candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He entered the White House with an ambitious agenda on education, civil rights, foreign policy, and civil service reform--and unflinchingly faced down the country's most powerful political machine boss. His presidency--one of American history's great What Ifs--was cut tragically short by the bullet of a lunatic assassin and the incompetent treatment of his arrogant doctors.

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Dye’s Electro-Voltaic Belt – Austin American-Statesman (Austin, TX) – August 6, 1881

Dye’s Electro-Voltaic Belt – Evansville Courier and Press (Evansville, IN) – August 10, 1881

Dye’s Electro-Voltaic Belt – Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) – May 7, 1881

James McCullough did not poison his wife – La Plata Home Press (La Plata, MO) – July 30, 1881

Pitcher’s Castoria – The Macon Republican (Macon, MO) – August 25, 1881

Pitcher’s Castoria – Belmont Chronicle (St. Clairsville, OH) – June 16, 1881

Pitcher’s Castoria – San Luis Obispo Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA) – September 17, 1881

Black Hawk Vibrator – The Watertown News (Watertown, WI) – June 29, 1881

Keg Saloon – The Weekly Yellowstone Journal and Live Stock Reporter (Miles City, MT) – May 28, 1881

Keg Saloon – The Weekly Yellowstone Journal and Live Stock Reporter (Miles City, MT) – June 11, 1881

Keg Saloon  – The Weekly Yellowstone Journal and Live Stock Reporter (Miles City, MT) – April 2, 1881

Keg Saloon – The Weekly Yellowstone Journal and Live Stock Reporter (Miles City, MT) – May 7, 1881

Keg Saloon – The Weekly Yellowstone Journal and Live Stock Reporter (Miles City, MT) – May 7, 1881

Dr. Bliss’s Cundurango – Spirit of the Age (Woodstock, VT) – October 12, 1871

Dr. Bliss’s Cundurango – The North Carolinian (Elizabeth City, NC) – November 16, 1871

Dr. Bliss’s Cundurango – Spirit of the Age (Woodstock, VT) – October 12, 1871

Theodore Keller disappearance – The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) – March 18, 1881

Theodore Keller abduction – The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) – March 19, 1881

Theodore Keller abduction – The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) – March 21, 1881

Theodore Keller abduction – The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) – March 22, 1881






Monday, May 9, 2022

PWF #3 - Secession Crisis

The Presidential Wrestling Federation faces off against Confederate Championship Wrestling with the PWF's southern territory (and perhaps its very existence) on the line. Best three out of five takes it all:
  • James Buchanan v. John C. Breckinridge
  • Andrew Johnson v. Alexander Stephens
  • Battle Royale: Union Generals v. Confederate Generals
  • Submission Match: Ulysses S. Grant v. Robert E. Lee
  • Lumberjack Match: Abraham Lincoln v. Jefferson Davis

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