Looking For A Poem
(11/17/2012 7:54:00 PM)
Thank you so much Laura. I had to memorize this poem in the 7th grade in Sister Mary Peter's class. Now I have all that Ms. Gilman wrote. Perhaps Sister Peter made up the rest to fill in from Coolidge to Truman. Thanks again.
(11/17/2012 1:25:00 PM)
I could only find it through Coolidge:
Our Presidents—A Memory Rhyme
First on the list is Washington, Virginia's proudest name;
John Adams next, the Federalist, from Massachusetts came;
Three sons of old Virginia into the White House go—
'Twas Jefferson, and Madison, and then came James Monroe.
Massachusetts for one term sent Adams called John Q.,
And Tennessee a Democrat, brave Jackson staunch and true.
Martin Van Buren of New York, and Harrison we see,
And Tyler of Virginia, and Polk of Tennessee.
Louisiana Taylor sent; New York Millard Fillmore;
New Hampshire gave us Franklin Pierce; when his term was o'er
The keystone state Buchanan sent. War thunders shook the realm
Abe Lincoln wore a martyr's crown, and Johnson took the helm.
Then U.S. Grant of Illinois who ruled with sword and pen;
And Hayes, and Garfield who was shot, two noble Buckeye men.
Chester Arthur from New York, and Grover Cleveland came;
Ben Harrison served just four years, then Cleveland ruled again.
McKinley—shot at Buffalo—the nation plunged in grief,
And " Teddy" Roosevelt of New York served seven years as chief.
Taft of Ohio followed him. Then Woodrow Wilson came—
New Jersey's learned Democrat; war set the world aflame;
And when the tide of strife and hate its baneful course had run,
The country went Republican and Warren Harding won.
No duty would he shirk, —he died while on a western trip;
Coolidge of Massachusetts then assumed the leadership.
-Isabel Ambler Gilman
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