The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: A Tree of Reconciliation

The Presidency

In this age of rancor, there is one political reconciliation that defies the national mood and grows stronger and deeper each year. A direct descendant of the elm tree that John Quincy Adams planted on the White House grounds in 1826 is now three years old and 14 ft. high, growing in the soil Thomas Jefferson had graded into a small hill back in 1807 to increase the beauty and privacy of the President's residence.

Jefferson and John Adams, John Quincy Adams' father, were fast friends when they helped found the Republic. Politics subsequently divided and embittered them, and only in...

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