Between 1868 and 1908, six (including four Ohioans) of the seven men who served as President had military experience. Certainly, this might be expected given the preceding cataclysm of the Civil War. Yet, a close look at the Presidency as a whole finds many more examples of warriors who came to reside in the White House. In his presentation John Grabowski, Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University and Senior Vice President for Research and Publication at Western Reserve Historical Society, looks at “service” as a factor in the electability of America’s Commander in Chief as well as the matter of “martial virtue” in civilian, democratic nation.
This event is sponsored by the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society.