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Stacy A. Cordery

Professor of History, Iowa State University


A Brief History of Presidential Lethargy

Calvin Coolidge, during one stretch of his presidency, was getting 15 hours of shut-eye each day, while William Howard Taft was known for nodding off during public events.


In Retirement, Most Ex-Presidents Can’t Resist The Urge To Stay Relevant

What happens to motivated, determined and egotistical men when they are forced to abandon the White House? As John Quincy Adams once said, 'There is nothing more pathetic in life than a former president.'