September 24, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse timelineSamuel Morse: Artist, Politician, PhotographerSamuel Morse: Invention of the TelegraphSamuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message from America’s LibraryWhat Hath God Wrought? curator video about first telegramSamuel Morse image setSamuel Morse historic newspaper coverageSamuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793 to 1919 (see collection highlights below)Art & Travel Childhood & Family Life … [Read more...]

Today in History: José Manuel Gallegos

Today in History–October 30–the Library of Congress features New Mexican José Manuel Gallegos, born this date in 1815 in the town of Abiquiú. When Nuevo México became the U.S. Territory of New Mexico in 1848, Gallegos was elected to its first Territorial Council. He was then elected as a delegate to the U.S. Congress from the Territory of New Mexico in 1853 and went on to hold a number of political posts: representative and speaker of the House of the New Mexico Territorial House of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Robert M.T. Hunter

Today in History–April 21–the Library of Congress features southern politician Robert M.T. Hunter, born on this date in 1809. Hunter represented his home state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was the youngest Speaker of the House, serving from 1839 to 1841. From 1847 to 1861 Hunter served in the U.S. Senate. During the Civil War, he served as Confederate Secretary of State and in the Confederate Senate. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the … [Read more...]

Today in History: James F. Byrnes

Today in History–May 2–the Library of Congress features politician James F. Byrnes, born on this date in 1882. Byrnes represented South Carolina in the House (1911-25) and Senate (1931-41) and was only defeated once, in 1924, for refusing endorsement by the Ku Klux Klan. Byrnes also served as a Supreme Court justice, U.S. secretary of state and Governor of South Carolina. Learn more about Time magazine's 1946 "Man of the Year" by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below … [Read more...]

Today in History: John C. Calhoun

Today in History–March 18–the Library of Congress features politician John C. Calhoun, born on this date in 1782. Calhoun served as a congressman, senator, secretary of war, secretary of state, and vice president of the United States but may be best known for his defense of slavery, particularly in relation to the Nullification Proclamation and the Compromise of 1850. Learn more about this states rights advocate from South Carolina by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links … [Read more...]

Today in History: John C. Frémont

Today in History–January 31–the Library of Congress features John C. Frémont, who was court-martialed on grounds of mutiny and disobeying orders on this day in 1848. This decision was later reversed by President James Polk and did little to thwart the progress of this explorer turned politician knows as the "pathfinder".  Learn more about the extraordinary fortunes of Frémont, the 1856 republican presidential candidate, by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to … [Read more...]