Archive for July, 2010

William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States. He was also Governor of Ohio and a congressman. The last veteran of the Civil War to be elected President. He was assassinated in Buffalo, New York by Leon Frank Czolgosz, an anarchist and nutcase, during the first few months of his second term. He […]

John Gordon Saxton was a landscape painter, mainly known for his pastoral landscapes. He was a deaf mute who attended the Gallaudet School for the Deaf in Washington DC.  He studied under Jules Lefebvre and Tony Robert-Fleury in France, and had a painting accepted at the Paris Salon. Later he returned to the United States, […]

George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st President. Possibly most famous for his 1988 campaign promise “Read my lips. No new taxes”, he was also known for his dislike of broccoli. He was the President at the time of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, led the US to war in Iraq during the first Gulf […]

George Walker Bush was the 43rd President of the United States of America. He served 2 terms as President, from 2000-2008, was the Governor of Texas from 1994-2000, and was, for a time, a co-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball franchise. He is the son of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President, and the […]

Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States of America. He was the President of Princeton University, the Governor of New Jersey, and served as the President of the United States of America for 2 terms, from 1912-1920. He was the president when the US finally entered the First World War in 1917. […]

Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer, writer, soldier and courtier. Raleigh, North Carolina was named for him. He is probably best know in United States history for his early settlement of Virginia, in the failed colony of Roanoke. He also is credited with bring tobacco to England, and with bringing the legend and obsession […]

On one of my genealogy mailing lists, a fellow researcher mentioned creating a wordle surname cloud. I modified my surname listing page that lists all of my direct ancestor surnames, and fed the output into the editor at Here is the word cloud it created. Visually appealing. Not sure if it has a practical […]