Mike Purdy’s Presidential History Blog

Inauguration Trivia

As the United States prepares for the transfer of power between presidents, it’s a good time to pause and remember some interesting facts about previous inaugurations. Prior to 1937, the president was inaugurated on March 4 following the November election.  That... read more

Scorched Earth: Making Sense of the 2016 Political Storm

The 2016 presidential campaign and election was unlike any in our nation’s history.  In so many ways, it broke all the rules and expectations.  It was unprecedented. In a lecture on November 14, 2016 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, Dr.... read more

Time Traveling With John Quincy Adams

I wrote the Foreword to a newly published biography of our 6th president, John Quincy Adams.  The book explores his life 250 years after his birth and how he changed the course of history.  “The Story of John Quincy Adams” by Edward Cody Huddleston, was... read more

Are Negative Campaign Ads Helpful to Voters?

On November 2, 2016, an op-ed article I wrote was published online at TheHill.com.  The topic they assigned to me (with less less than a day to prepare!) was “Are Negative Campaign Ads Helpful to Voters?”  The 2016 presidential campaign has been the most... read more

Podcast: Unprecedented 2016 Presidential Campaign

Listen to Dr. Michael Artime and me in this 20 minute podcast from the University of Puget Sound, the first in a series of podcasts entitled “What We Do.” In this October 24, 2016 podcast we discuss the following: What factors have contributed to making... read more

The Most Popular Presidential Candidate in History

The presidential campaign of 2016 is certainly a world apart from the nation’s first presidential election that propelled the very popular George Washington into the presidency. First Presidential Election:  In the first presidential election, there was only... read more

Listen to me on WCGO Radio

On September 27, 2016, I had a free-ranging 30 minute interview on Chicago-based WCGO radio (1590) on the presidents and vice-presidents, with comments about the tone of the current 2016 presidential campaign, including what president I thought would beat either... read more