Author (in his younger days) running track in high school

Washington – Monroe – John Quincy Adams – Unanimous Elections?

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:3-5 KJV

I was probably just an average track runner, maybe a little above average my senior year. I was definitely not a super star. We are all lucky because Jesus still found a way to be victorious, even with the betrayal of a friend.

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Warren G Harding – Prohibition and Good Times in the White House

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21 KJV

Many have dreamed of becoming President. Few have realized those dreams. I’m sure many of the victors have crossed that White House threshold in the amazement of the treasure they have just received by becoming its resident. He probably was no different.

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Blackwater Falls - West Virginia

James Monroe – The Era of Good Feeling

“And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.” 2 Samuel 6:16 KJV

As I sat there listening, I was quite insulted by the advice I was being given. Fun? How do you have fun? I really had no idea.

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Fredericksburg Battlefield Sign - Fredericksburg, Virginia

Benjamin Harrison – The Notable Cemetery Where He is Buried

“And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.” Genesis 35:19 KJV

Decoration Day was a day that was set aside to visit cemeteries and place flowers on the graves of the soldiers who lost their lives in the battles fought in the Civil War. Maybe he should have invented something or robbed a bank.

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Grover Cleveland – Was it His Child?

“And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.” Genesis 38:24 KJV

Her name was Maria Halpin and he was the “other” bachelor president. Er doesn’t sound like he was too nice of a guy because God zapped him in Genesis because he was so evil. I reflected on how much this can be like our life of sin.

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Grave in New Orleans

Franklin Roosevelt – The Depression

“Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.” John 20:8 KJV

I think it is one of the coolest events of childhood, especially from a parent’s or grandparent’s vantage point. They thought He was going to make the world a different place. Now their hopes were gone.

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Sunset in the Mountains - Appalachian Mountains, Virginia

Woodrow Wilson – Was Wife Edith Wilson really the President?

“In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?” Psalm 11:1 KJV

Many wonder, for the last year and a half of his presidency, if it might be his wife, not him, who was really running the country. No, I’m glad for the view that I have.

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John Adams – The Boston Massacre

“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Romans 10:3 KJV

No matter how many times I hear it, I never get tired of hearing it. Don’t make me pull out my official How to Count Words manual.

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Dog and Bean Statue

Lyndon Johnson – The Teacher

“And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.” Exodus 4:15 KJV

In order to learn you have to have someone with patience, knowledge, and the unique knack of being able to communicate. The most successful of these don’t take the teacher with them once they learn. No, a lesson learned is a lesson applied.

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Open field across the street from James Madison's Birthplace - Port Conway, Virginia

James Madison – The Father of the Constitution

“And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs….And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.” Numbers 13:23, 27

“At least it’s not an earthquake.” Our efforts to form a nation were really quite trying.

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