The Four Presidents of the Late 1800s ​​

After the Civil War, the rebuilding of the U.S. began. After the Presidents Johnson and Grant, the next Presidents were James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison. Let us study them today.


downloadJames A. Garfield was born in Ohio in 1831, to a poor family. He worked his way to college and graduated from Williams College in 1856. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was elected to Congress 1862. He ran for president in 1880 and won. He promoted a moderate view of Reconstruction and legislation in favor of civil rights. On July 2, 1881, when he was on his way to visit Williams College, he was shot in the chest by Charles J. Guiteau. He remained very sick until September 19, 1881, when he died. His Vice President, Chester Arthur, took over the office of President.



Chester A. Arthur was born in 1829 and grew up in upstate New York. He became a lawyer. During the Civil War, he served as quartermaster general for the download (1)Union. He served as Collector of the Port of New York for several years. Afterward, he was chosen as the Vice President candidate to run with Garfield. After Garfield was assassinated, people thought Arthur was incapable of being President. But when he was elected he proved to be a very good president. The members of Garfield’s cabinet soon stepped down, so Arthur appointed the best men for the positions. Arthur opposed the spoils system, which basically said the victors get the spoils. This means the people a President appointed to a cabinet were his political friends and not the best men for the job. Arthur died on November 18, 1886.



download (2)    Grover Cleveland was born in 1837, in New Jersey. In 1855, he traveled to Buffalo, New York. There he became a law clerk. He became a lawyer in 1859. In 1884 he was chosen as the Democrat nominee. He barely won the popular vote, by a margin of ¼; but he won the electoral vote, 219-182. Cleveland supported free market; he opposed inflation, high tariffs, and subsidies to businesses. When he ran again, he was defeated by Benjamin Harrison. But Cleveland had not given up yet. When Harrison ran again Cleveland ran against and won! Sadly Cleveland’s second Presidency was doomed. In 1893 a panic struck the nation. Only His character saved his reputation. He died on June 24, 1908.



download (3)Benjamin Harrison was born in Ohio in 1833. He graduated from college in 1852. He went into law in 1858. He was chosen as the Republican in the 1888 election. Harrison decided to give speeches and campaign from his hometown. He won the electoral vote, 233-168. He supported high tariffs inflation, and big government spending. He annexed Hawaii as a territory (not a state). He lost the 1892 election to Cleveland. He died on March 13, 1901


As we see from these presidencies, America is no longer a nation trying to recover from the Civil War. Instead, it is a strong nation on its way to being a world superpower.



Samuel Duarte JM


Andrew Jackson

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               Today I would like to tell you about a man. He was an important leader in the War of 1812. He also was the 7th President of the United States of America. His name is Andrew Jackson.


Jackson was born March 15, 1767, in South Carolina. Early on he was involved in the American Revolution as a courier. His brothers, Hugh and Robert, fought in the war. Hugh died on June 20, 1779, from heat exhaustion. Jackson and Robert were captured by the British in 1781. Jackson was asked to clean a British officer’s boots; Jackson refused clean them, and the solider slashed at Jackson leaving wounds on his head and arm that would last him to the grave. After the war he became a lawyer. He married Rachel Robards in 1788. He was involved in a duel with Charles Dickson in which Jackson killed him.           images


Jackson was called to lead an army of 2,000 volunteers to New Orleans in order to protect the city from attack. He and his men fought a battle with the Creek Indians on August 30, 1813. He then was ordered to crush the hostile Indians. He was very successful and won many battles against the Red Sticks. Suddenly the British started to advance towards New Orleans. He rushed his men to the city. He was very instrumental in defeating the British. The enemy was destroyed.images (1)



Jackson ran for President in 1824. However, the polls tied him and his opponent John Quincy Adams.  They called on Henry Clay, the Speaker of the House, to break the tie. Clay voted for Adams, and Jackson suspected foul play. He made sure he would win the next election, and of course, he did. However, his wife died from a heart attack on December 22, 1828. He was very successful as president. He strove to end the Federal Bank. He was the last President to balance the budget in 1836. Richard Lawrence tried to assassinate him in 1835. However, Lawrence’s gun misfired, and Jackson was safe. He retired from office in 1837. He died on June 8, 1845.


Andrew Jackson was a great leader and a brilliant general. I hope you have enjoyed this essay.


                               Samuel Duarte JM

The Morality of Work and Wealth

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Is it immoral to be wealthy? Is it not fair that some people have more wealth then others? Are there moral limits to how people can gain wealth?

Is it immoral to be wealthy? I believe it is not. One of the common objections to wealth is supposedly found in the bible. People declare that 1 Timothy 6:10 says, “Money is the root of all evil.” However that is not the case. It says “The LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil”!  Wealth in and of its self is not evil. People can use money for good or bad. It is not the money! Many good and helpful things have come out of wealth! If you work as God commands you will get a reward. We, who live in the West, have been greatly blessed with prosperity.



Is it unjust that some have more wealth than other? Poor people have and always will be around. Mark 14:7a “The poor you will always have with you.” But often those called poor are not. “Today, of Americans officially designated as ‘poor’; 99 percent of them have electricity, running water, and a refrigerator; 95 percent have a television, 88 percent a telephone, 71 percent a car, and 70 percent air conditioning. Cornelius Vanderbilt had none of these.” * Also many are poor because they won’t work.  In my town there are a lot of “poor” people. There are a ton of jobs open. Do the take them? No, because they can’t pass the drug test. Sometimes, however, there are really poor people. If there are the families and churches are supposed to help them, not the government!

download Are there moral limits on how you can gain wealth? Yes. You can’t just walk up to a rich person, stick a gun in their ribs and say, “Give me your money.” That’s a good way to end up in jail! Another way of stealing is welfare. The government takes Mr. Hardworker’s money through taxes and gives it to Mr. Poorman. Welfare is also like robbing someone. How? If you don’t pay taxes you’ll go to jail. Just like if you don’t give the thug your money, you’ll get shot!

We are to work with our hands to gain wealth so we can give to the truly poor. If you see a rich man, you usually see a hard working man. Wealth can’t be earned or kept by doing nothing!


Samuel Duarte JM


My You Tube Progress


Progress with my You Tube Channel is going great. I have learned how to use some really cool tools and I have had a lot of fun.


I am very pleased with my channel name. It shows the idea for my You Tube channel and is very short. Also it looks cool on my channel banner.


My channel banner is very nice. I played around with it and eventually I used GIMP to create it and was very pleased with my results. I have used my value proposition on my banner. It shows what I offer and what I am trying to accomplish. I might change or modify my banner, but I am pleased with what it looks like now.


I do not really like my icon. Why? Because my channel name doesn’t show very well, and the color does not stand out very well. But I think that I will leave it as it is for now.


I have not started working on my about page. I have some good ideas about I want to write and I say. I hope to finish my about page by next week.


I have had a lot of fun doing this. I hope you have a great week.



Samuel Duarte JM

Three Things I can Change to Use Time Better




Hello, today I would like to tell you three things I will change to use my time better.


One, don’t just sit in my chair doing nothing. If I was to sit in my chair doing nothing for one minute, 15 times a day, in one month I would waste 450 minutes. Instead I could have used my time working on making a small business or working on my school.


Two, get up snappy. If I get out of bed when it is seven o’clock, I will have more time to get my work done. Time is very valuable. Time never stops. It never repeats. Being able to get up earlier will help me get my school done earlier. If I go to bed earlier, like 8:30, I will not be as tired the next day. Also I will be able to think clearer.


Three, do not get distracted. If I am doing school, being distracted does not help my brain work well. Also when I get distracted on the computer (e.g. when I am waiting for something to load), I could be doing something else. If something can be done in two minutes or less, do it! If something is taking a while to work or waiting for somebody’s help, do something else. Besides when I get distracted it interrupts my train of thought.


Well, that’s about all I have to say. Time is important and it never pauses. Time is NOT on your side. Make hay while the sun shines.



Samuel Duarte   JM


Sunshine Blogger Award 2

Hello, I been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Francine. Thank you Francine, check out her blog!

These are the answers to her questions.

  1. What’s your favorite color?- Blue
  2. What disgusts you the most?- Abortion
  3. Would you rather live without your favorite food for 10 years or get to eat your favorite food, but only one a month?- Don’t know! sorry [:
  4. What is the dream you want to accomplish the most?
  5. Have you accomplished anything you would consider major?- Not yet 🙂
  6. Who is your favorite author?-J. R. R. Tolkien
  7. Do you watch TV? And if so, what’s your favorite show?
  8. Which one do you prefer, Dark, Milk, or White chocolate?- Depends on my mood.
  9. Which annoys you the most– Your siblings or a blog post you worked real hard on, only to have your browser crash?- A blog post I worked real hard on, only to have my browser crash.
  10. Favorite time of day?-Afternoon
  11. Favorite season?- Summer

My questions!

My Questions-

1-What is your favorite winter sport?

2-If you had unlimited air miles what five places would you visit?

3-What is your favorite football team?

4-What is your favorite type of drink?

5-What is your favorite hymn?

6- What is your favorite vegetable?

7-What is your favorite book?

8-Why are looking at my blog?

9-Would you like to climb Mt. Everest?

10-If you could be invisible what would you want to see?

11-This is the end,how old are you?

My nominees:


Samuel’s Creed

                                                I am all in Christ.

                                     If all my life, is to His service.

                                        If all I do, think and say,

                                    Is with Him always in mind.

                                                So if all I do,

                                                   Is to Him,

                              Then all my life is through HIM.