Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
William Dawes’ great-great grandson, Charles Gates Dawes, was the nation’s 30th Vice-president in Calvin Coolidge’s administration. He followed that job by becoming the United States’ Ambassador to the Court of St. James, which is just a fancy way of saying the United Kingdom. Charles wrote the music for the hit song, It’s All In the Game, which has been covered by Nat ‘King’ Cole, Van Morrison, Elton John and Keith Jarret, among others.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Dorothy was also a writer, though she languished in her more famous brother’s shadow. In 1931, Beatrix Potter bought a house the brother and sister had occupied and discovered a vast collection of Dorothy’s work, which Potter published as the Grasmere Journal in 1933.
Monday, April 14, 2008
In 1774, when he was 16, Webster entered Yale College. He earned a law degree in 1781. In 1793, Alexander Hamilton gave him $1500 to move to New York and edit a newspaper, which Hamilton had started to use as a propaganda machine for the Federalists.
Webster was a little slow out of the gate however because on the 15th in 1755, Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language was published in London, England.