SPOTLIGHT ON: PRESIDENTS
By Christine Bruzzese
November 2008, voters go to the polls to elect a new President of
the United States. In honor of the event, this article will highlight
some resources on Presidents and First Ladies that can be found in the
City Hall Library collection.
Obsequies of Abraham Lincoln in the City of New York was prepared by
the Common Council in 1866. Included in this compilation are eulogies
from members of the Common Council, Board of Supervisors and other governing
bodies in honor of President Lincoln after his assassination in 1865.
Also featured is an account of the ceremonies that took place when the
Lincoln funeral train arrived in New York City, and a viewing was held
at City Hall. Illustrations enhance the text.
John Adams by David McCullough chronicles the life of the second President
of the United States. Starting with Adams's role in the American
Revolution, the author recounts Adams's life as a diplomat, his
work as Vice President to George Washington, Presidential years and life
afterwards. Two key relationships are emphasized: the marriage of John
and Abigail Adams and John Adams's friendship/rivalry with Thomas
Jefferson. Adams died in 1826.
Theodore Roosevelt: the Man as I Knew Him by Nicholas Roosevelt is a
memoir of the former New York City Police Commissioner, who served as
President of the United States from 1901 to 1908. Nicholas Roosevelt,
a relative of Theodore Roosevelt, offers personal reminiscences of TR
as well as historical details on his Presidency and life after the White
House. TR died in 1919.
This I Remember by Eleanor Roosevelt is the second volume of her autobiography.
This book covers her years in the White House as First Lady when Franklin
D. Roosevelt (FDR) was President. Mrs. Roosevelt recounts some of the
details of her earlier life then chronicles her experiences as First
Lady from 1933 to 1945. Mrs. Roosevelt went on to a distinguished career
of her own and died in 1962.
Vertical and biographical files contain newspaper articles and other
clippings on Presidents, elections and related topics.
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