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The fellow to right...

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Is the grandson (yes grandson, not great-great grandson, not great-grandson, but grandson -- of the tenth president of the United States (Lincoln was the 16th).

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President John Tyler was born in 1790, making only three generations of his family span nearly all of the history of the United States of America.

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Amazing But True!

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You may think that your little finger is weak and doesn't contribute much to your grip because it's, well, "little." However, this isn't the case -- your little finger is responsible for a third of your grip strength.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21358861 

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He could say, that the American civil war started in is front yard and ended in his front palor.

He lived 1861 in Manassas and at the time of the Battle of Bullrun/Manassas, his house was used by Beauregard as headquater. Union cannons, shelling his house, let him move to a more peacefull place.

So he ended up in Appomattox, since he thought war would never reach that place.

At April 8, 1865, after the Battle of Appomattox, a messenger knocked at his door, searching a place where to discuss the surrender of the Confederation. So he offered his front palor.

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Four sitting US Presidents have been assassinated and there was one individual who was associated with three of these assassinations.

A young captain on U.S. Grant's staff, who was present at Lee's surrender, had just returned from the fighting and thus was too tired to attend the play that his parents had invited him to. That night, his father would be shot while attending the play.  Robert Todd Lincoln would be at his father's bedside when he passed away the next morning.

Robert Lincoln would lead a distinguished career in service of his country but it would always be overshadowed by his father's fame. In the 1870s he was Secretary of War. In 1889 he founded Glenwood Academy, a technical school for troubled youth, which is still in operation. That same year he was appointed US Minister to Britain. After a successful career as a lawyer, he became the President and Chairman of the Board of the Pullman Car Company, one of the most successful companies of the railroad era. Robert Lincoln also was a serious amateur astronomer and the observatory he built still operates.  

But back to our story.

Robert Todd Lincoln was present when his assassinated father died. He also was present when Garfield was assassinated, as he was a member of Garfield's cabinet and was accompanying him at the time. As a leading industrial figure and former statesman, he was invited by President McKinley to attend the Pan-American Expo and thus was there when McKinley was assassinated too.

When a subsequent president invited him to attend a state event Robert's response was:

"No, I'm not going, and they'd better not ask me, because there is a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present."

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Snargfargle said:

This is very interesting:

 

Interesting!  Up there with watching paint dry

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57 minutes ago, STINKWEED_ said:

Interesting!  Up there with watching paint dry

And that answer actually proves the video's point. Most are fine with the mundane while a few seek to look beyond the veil.

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