A Presidents Day Omnibus

Published:February 20, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

Happy Presidents Day! Virginia was the birthplace of eight of 44 United States presidents (18 percent). Encyclopedia Virginia has entries now on two: George Washington and Woodrow Wilson. Who were the other six?

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • William Henry Harrison
  • John Tyler
  • Zachary Taylor

Speaking of Washington, he was really into maps, and a couple years ago Smithsonian.com published a dozen of his favorites, including the one above. It’s of the western parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Washington raved that it was “amazingly accurate.” He used it both to recommend to Congress the borders of Ohio and Michigan and to plan war against the Indians.

Our friends at the University of Virginia Press, meanwhile, have a short Q&A with Annette Gordon-Reed. She praises Cinder Stanton‘s new book—“Those Who Labor for My Happiness: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello—and admits (“admits”? is that the right word?) to not reading many novels.

IMAGES: Top: A Map of the Western Parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina (Yale University Library); Jefferson bobblehead; bottom: George Washington’s Choppers, 2012 by Annie Stromquist (photo-etching with watercolor)