First Fathers: The Men Who Inspired Our Presidents

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A compelling introduction to the fathers of America's presidents
After so much literature about first ladies and first families, here finally is a fascinating book focused on the fathers of our presidents. This lively and entertaining account of 44 disparate men reveals how they inspired, motivated, and influenced sons who ultimately ascended to the presidency. They include two who were themselves presidents, John Adams and George H. W. Bush, as well as two stepfathers, those ...
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Overview


A compelling introduction to the fathers of America's presidents
After so much literature about first ladies and first families, here finally is a fascinating book focused on the fathers of our presidents. This lively and entertaining account of 44 disparate men reveals how they inspired, motivated, and influenced sons who ultimately ascended to the presidency. They include two who were themselves presidents, John Adams and George H. W. Bush, as well as two stepfathers, those of Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton. First Fathers captures the whole range of the American experience--from utter destitution to immense wealth, from enormous success to abject failure, unified by a common thread--the restless, ambitious, quintessentially American pursuit of happiness.

Harold I. Gullan, PhD (Philadelphia, PA), is a distinguished presidential scholar and the author of the highly praised Faith of Our Mothers, on the mothers of American presidents, and The Upset That Wasn't, on the dramatic 1948 election.

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"First Fathers is a fascinating glimpse at the relationships our presidents have had with their fathers. It fills an important niche in the study of the American Presidency." —Susan Eisenhower, author of Mrs. Ike

"Picking up First Fathers, I started out reading about my own ancestors, but quickly became fascinated by everyone else's. Dr. Gullan has gone a long way toward humanizing our chief executives." —Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Harry S Truman

"A valuable new perspective...Gullan rounds out our understanding of his subjects in compelling fashion." —Kermit Roosevelt, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania, and great great grandson of Theordore Roosevelt

"Gullan has taken an ingenious idea and followed through with it. Considering the importance of presidents of the United States, this is a book that everyone interested in the presidency-- and who is not? -- should have. The author knows the literature, writes exceedingly well, a first-rate combination." —Dr. Robert H. Ferrell, author of Harry S Truman: A Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471465973
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/29/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

HAROLD I. GULLAN, PH.D., is the author if the critically acclaimed Faith of Our Mothers, a book about the mothers of American presidents, and The Upset That Wasn’t , a unique account of the dramatic 1948 victory of Harry S. Truman over Thomas E. Dewey. Following a successful career in advertising, Gullan returned to school to earn his doctorate in history, in 1988. Since that time, he has served as a visiting professor at four major universities, and has written and spoken extensively about the American experience.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

By Way of Introduction.

1. Fathers of Founders Augustine Washington; John Adams Sr.; Peter Jefferson; James Madison Sr.; Spence Monroe.

2. The First Line John Adams.

3. Dramatic Departure Andrew Jackson Sr.; Abraham Van Buren.

4. Patriots and Pioneers Benjamin Harrison V; John Tyler Sr.; Samuel Polk; Richard Taylor; Nathaniel Fillmore; Benjamin Pierce; James Buchanan Sr.

5. Soil of Greatness Thomas Lincoln.

6. Ambition’s Sterner Stuff Jacob Johnson; Jesse Root Grant; Rutherford Hayes Jr.; Abram Garfield; William Arthur.

7. “Tell the Truth”
Richard Falley Cleveland; John Scott Harrison; William McKinley Sr.

8. “One Must Live for the Living”
Theodore Roosevelt Sr.

9. “My Will Is the Better Man”
Alphonso Taft.

10. “You Have Only to Persevere”
Joseph Ruggles Wilson.

11. “I Hate to Go Away”
George Tryon Harding II; John Calvin Coolidge; Jesse Clark Hoover.

12. “Most Generous and Kindly of Men”
James Roosevelt.

13. From the Heart of America John Anderson Truman; David Jacob Eisenhower.

14. “We Don’t Want Any Losers”
Joseph Patrick Kennedy Sr.

15. “A Man Who Loved His Fellow Man”
Sam Ealy Johnson Jr.

16. “He Hears the Trains Go By”
Francis Anthony Nixon; Leslie Lynch King Sr.; Gerald Rudolph Ford Sr.

17. “Why Not the Best?”
James Earl Carter Sr.; John Edward Reagan.

18. “Duty and Service”
Prescott Sheldon Bush.

19. “The Name Doesn’t Matter”
William Jefferson Blythe III; Roger Clinton.

20. “If You Need Me, I’m Here”
George Herbert Walker Bush.

In Conclusion.

Some Books I’ve Found Helpful.

Index.

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