About vonMesser

Retired from the US Navy (21 years) and state (20 years). Recently remarried after being widowed for 5 years. 2 daughters, and a step-daughter, all functioning adults). Graduated from college after the Navy with BA in Education, psychology, Economics, History and Political Science. Teach Hunter Safety for Washington (since 1991) and do historical reenactments for Civil War, WW-1and WW-2.

Quote of the Day

In reference to the Army and Navy, lately employed with so much distinction on active service, care shall be taken to insure the highest condition of efficiency; and in furtherance of that object, the Military and Naval Schools, sustained by the liberality of Congress, shall receive the special attention of the Executive. Zachary Taylor

Who Were those Unknown Men, Anyway? Part 3 of 3

There have been a number of people asking “Who the heck are those unknown Presidents?”  Well, before we elected a president with popular vote – back under the Articles of Confederation, and the creation of the Constitution, the fledgling United States had a president.  The President was appointed by Congress.  Here are the last 4 of the really first presidents. John Hancock, most famous for his large signature on the Declaration of Independence, held the position of the president from 1785 to 1786. His life in politics began long before the presidency, and he even helped to fund the American … Continue reading

Quote of the Day

“By these purchases the Indian title, with moderate reservations, has been extinguished to the whole of the land within the limits of the State of Ohio, and to a part of that in the Michigan Territory and of the State of Indiana.” — James Monroe So, way back then the Democrats were taking away land and locking up natives.

Who Were those Unknown Men, Anyway? Part 2 of 3

There have been a number of people asking “Who the heck are those unknown Presidents?”  Well, before we elected a president with popular vote – back under the Articles of Confederation, and the creation of the Constitution, the fledgling United States had a president.  The President was appointed by Congress.  Here are numbers 4-5-6 of the ten unknown Presidents Elias Boudinot of New Jersey became the second president, serving from 1782 until 1783. His presidency coincided with the official end to the American Revolutionary War. Boudinot presided over the country when the Treaty of Paris was signed in Paris on … Continue reading

Who Were those Unknown Men, Anyway? Part 1 of 3

There have been a number of people asking “Who the heck are those unknown Presidents?”  Well, before we elected a president with popular vote – back under the Articles of Confederation, and the creation of the Constitution, the fledgling United States had a president.  The President was appointed by Congress. Samuel Huntington (July 16, 1731 [or  July 5, 1731 under the old calendar] – January 5, 1796) was a jurist, statesman, and Patriot in the American Revolution from Connecticut. As a delegate to the Continental Congress, he signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He also served as … Continue reading