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This ebook retains the hyphenation and punctuation variations of the original text.

A few typographical corrections have been made. Details of these changes can be found in a second Transcriber's Note at the end of this text.

[Illustration: THE WHITE HOUSE HOME OF THE PRESIDENTS.]

LIVES OF THE

PRESIDENTS.

TOLD IN WORDS OF ONE SYLLABLE.

BY JEAN S. REMY.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS.

A. L. BURT COMPANY, PUBLISHERS, NEW YORK

Copyright, 1900, by A. L. BURT.

LIVES OF THE PRESIDENTS.

BY JEAN S. REMY.

CONTENTS.

GEORGE WASHINGTON. 1

JOHN ADAMS. 16

THOMAS JEFFERSON. 20

JAMES MADISON. 25

JAMES MONROE. 29

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS. 33

ANDREW JACKSON. 38

MARTIN VAN BUREN. 43

WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON. 45

JOHN TYLER. 47

JAMES KNOX POLK. 49

ZACHARY TAYLOR. 52

MILLARD FILLMORE. 54

FRANKLIN PIERCE. 56

JAMES BUCHANAN. 58

ABRAHAM LINCOLN. 60

ANDREW JOHNSON. 66

ULYSSES SIMPSON GRANT. 68

RUTHERFORD B. HAYES. 73

JAMES ABRAM GARFIELD. 75

CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR. 78

STEPHEN GROVER CLEVELAND. 80

BENJAMIN HARRISON. 83

WILLIAM MCKINLEY. 86

LIVES OF THE PRESIDENTS.

[Illustration: GEORGE WASHINGTON.]

GEORGE WASH ING TON.

Way down in Vir gin i a, near a small creek, called Bridg es Creek, there is a shaft of white stone; on it is the name of George Wash ing ton and the date of his birth: Feb ru ar y 22d, 1732.

On this spot once stood the big brick house in which George Wash ing ton was born; it was built in 1657 by John Wash ing ton; his grand son, Au gus tine, was the fa ther of the lit tle boy who be came our first pres i dent. The moth er of George Wash ing ton was Ma ry Ball; so sweet and fair was she, when she was a young girl, that she was known as "Sweet Mol ly."

Now she was not the first wife of Au gus tine Wash ing ton; and he had two boys, Law rence and Au gus tine, when he made her his wife. These boys were so kind to their small broth er George, when he was young, and gave him so much help, all through his life, that their names should stay in your minds. When George was three years old his home was burned to the ground, and his fa ther built a fine new house, just o ver the riv er from where the cit y of Fred er icks burg now stands. Here George went to his first school, and the name of the man who taught him was so queer, it will not go out of your mind; it was "Hob by." In those old days, the boys wrote to their boy friends, just as they do at this day. See what George, when he was nine years old, wrote to his best friend, Rich ard Hen ry Lee: "Dear Dick ey, I thank you ver y much for the pret ty pic ture book you gave me. Sam asked me to show him the pic tures and I showed him all the pic tures in it; and I read to him how the tame el e phant took care of his mas ter's lit tle boy, and put him on his back and would not let an y bod y touch his mas ter's lit tle son. I can read three or four pages some times with out miss ing a word. Ma says I may go to see you and stay all day with you next week if it be not rain y. She says I may ride my po ny. He ro, if Uncle Ben will go with me and lead He ro. I have a lit tle piece of po et ry a bout the book you gave me, but I mustn't tell you who wrote the po et ry.

"G. W.'s com pli ments to R. H. L. And likes his book full well. Hence forth will count him as his friend, And hopes ma ny hap py days he may spend.

"Your good friend, "GEORGE WASH ING TON... Continue reading book >>




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