General Zachary Taylor, hero of the Mexican War (1846-48) and president from 1849 to 1850 was “Old Rough and Ready”.
Taylor got the nickname for his plain habits and blunt demeanor.
- In which election year did Calvin Coolidge make his famous announcement declining to run for president? Calvin Coolidge's announcement was: "I do not choose to run for president in 1928."
- Who was the first American-born child of English settlers? Virginia Dare, born in 1587 to English settlers of the "lost colony" of Roanoke Island. The entire colony disappeared; Dare's death date is unknown.
- Did the Pilgrims eat Turkey at the first Thanksgiving celebration at Plymouth Rock? At the three-day festivities celebrating survival through the winter, many foods were served, but turkey was not one of them. The menu included: venison, duck, goose, seafood, eels, white bread, corn bread, leeks,…
- Is it true that Manhattan Island was bought from the Indians for $24? What Peter Minuit gave the Manhattoe tribe was a package of trinkets and cloth valued at 60 guilders, roughly equivalent to $24.
- Who founded the city of Chicago? A black man from Haiti named Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable (1745-1818) founded the city of Chicago. In 1772, Du Sable founded a settlement called Eschikagou on the north bank of the Chicago…
- Who was the founder of Detroit? Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French explorer and administrator, founded Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit in 1701. The Cadillac automobile is named for him.