Tuesday, November 04, 2014

US President Elections of the "4" Years

Though there is not U.S. Presidential election in 2014, we are going to review the past Presidential Elections that did occur in "4" years, and which of our ancestors might have been interested in the election results.  The first presidential election was in 1788 and the first one in a "4" year was 1804.
  • 1804 Jacob Hiestand III, great-grandfather of Ira Hiestand, HH's 3rd great-grandfather, would have been 54 years-old. He and wife Mary Polly Eby were living in Pennsylvania, near Lancaster.  They emigrated to Ohio in 1806.  --Thomas Jefferson was elected to his second term, defeating Charles Cotesworth Pinckney.
  • 1824  John Brown, son of the Revolutionary Soldier, Capt. Oliver Brown, was 44 years-old in 1824, born in Massachusetts, he married in Brooke, Virginia in 1806 and later moved west to what later became West Virginia.  Lucie Brown Ballantyne was his great-granddaughter, making him Jean's 2nd great grandfather.   --John Quincy Adams became the 6th President, defeating Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay.
  • 1844  Johann David Uible, grandfather of CJ, was born in Germany in 1822, dying in Warren County, Ohio in 1849.  He would be HH's great-grandfather  --Zachary Taylor was elected President, defeating Lewis Cass and Martin Van Buren.
  • 1864  Alexander Bell Ballantyne, born in 1841 in Pittsburgh, was living in Hancock County, West Virginia by 1866 when he married Virginia Irene Freeman.  They were Jean's grandparents. --Abraham Lincoln was elected to his second term, defeating George B. McClellan.
  • 1884  Ira Franklin Hiestand, father of Gladys Hiestand Uible was 33 years old at the time of this election.  Born in Hillsboro in 1851, he lived his entire life in Highland County, Ohio. --Grover Cleveland was elected for the first term (his second election was non-consecutive in 1892), defeating James G. Blaine, John St. John, and Benjamin Franklin Butler.
  • 1904  CJ Uible would have been 21-years-old and Nathaniel Ballantyne 36 in 1904.    --Theodore Roosevelt defeated Alton B. Parker, Eugene V. Debs, and Silas C. Swallow.
  • 1924  Women's suffrage 19th Amendment passed in 1920, allowing women to vote in elections.  Gladys Hiestand Uible was 32 in this year before HH was born; Lucie Brown Ballantyne was 44.  --Calvin Coolidge defeated John W. Davis and Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
  • 1944  The first presidential election in which Jean would have been able to vote.  --Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to a fourth term, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.
  • 1964  The year the New Vienna house sported a "This House Sold on Goldwater" on the front  lawn, causing much town talk.  --Barry Goldwater was defeated by Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • 1984  By 1984 all the HH Uible "children" were old enough to vote.  The U.S. voting age changed from 21 to 18 in 1971 with the passage of the 26th Amendment. --Ronald Reagan was elected to his second term defeating Walter Mondale.
  • 2004  Wendy was first eligible to vote in 1995, thus this was her third Presidential Election.  --George W. Bush was elected to a second term, defeating John Kerry.
See the US President Elections of the "2" Years for more Uible/Ballantyne history connected with Presidential Elections.

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