A medical student with more hobbies than he can handle.

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Me at our White Coat Ceremony a few weeks ago

A Little Background

My name is Grant Fuerstenau, and I was born in South Dakota but moved around a lot as a child, mainly due to my dad’s career. My family finally settled in Taylorville, IL, a small town just south of Springfield, IL, when I was eight. Like many kids who move around a lot as a child, it was a struggle making friends, but thankfully, my hometown of Taylorville provided me with a steady group that I’ve kept in contact with since I arrived in Taylorville. Following high school…

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The fabled mission may not be everything you thought you knew about it.

Painting of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride

The British are coming!

Unfortunately, this phrase was never actually called out by Revere during his ride to Lexington. Historians now hypothesize that Revere may have actually referred to the British as just regulars, a term for their standing military. Additionally, Revere probably just exclaimed that the soldiers were on the move and did not use the word “coming”. So, who was Paul Revere, and how did he end up on this legendary mission?

Paul Revere was born on January 1, 1735. He was the third born of 12 to French Huguenot Apollos Rivoire and Deborah Hitchborn. …

A glimpse into Aaron Burr’s alternative history

Portrait of Aaron Burr by John Vanderlyn, 1802

Many associate the name Aaron Burr with the killing of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton or with the election of 1800 slated against Thomas Jefferson. Some may even just simply know Burr’s name because of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s incredible musical, Hamilton. However, a lesser known historical association with Burr concerns his plan to create a secessionist movement.

Aaron Burr was becoming a prominent political figure in New York state leading up to the turn of the century. However, as the 1800 election unfolded, Burr somewhat went off the rails. The duel with Hamilton in July of 1804 seemed to be a capstone…

William Henry Harrison and His Untimely Death

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

William Henry Harrison was born in 1773 in Charles City County, Virginia to Founding Father Benjamin Harrison V and Elizabeth Bassett. Harrison distinguished himself early in his life through his military career during various battles in the Northwest Territory. Most famously, Harrison led a force against Tecumseh’s Confederacy at the Battle of Tippecanoe which gave Harrison the nickname that would stay with him for the duration of his life, Old Tippecanoe. …

The great compromiser lost all three bids for president.

Henry Clay courtesy of United States Senate Archives

Henry Clay holds a record that will most likely never be broken.

Clay was born in 1777 in eastern Virginia. Clay started his legal career in 1797 in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1803, Clay was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives, beginning his time in politics which would last up until his death in 1752.

Political Positions

Clay would hold numerous national political positions over his lifetime, including:

  • 9th US Secretary of State
  • 7th Speaker of the US House of Representatives
  • US Senator from Kentucky
  • US Representative from Kentucky

Clay could never break into the Executive Branch, however.

Election of 1824

With Monroe’s second term…

… and Thomas Preston, the man behind the alleged order

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Patriot

Thomas Preston was born in 1722 in Ireland. Reportedly, his family was of Protestant faith, which suggests he was of the Irish elite who favored relations with Britain. If this was the case, it explains why he rose through the British military ranks.

Military Post

Thomas Preston was a captain in the British Army serving in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Preston commanded the 29th regiment of foot, which was a fragment of General Thomas Gage’s troop command in Boston. Not much else is known about Preston and his rise through military ranks.

March 5, 1770

The Boston Massacre came as a culmination of tensions…

A short poem

Photo by Agto Nugroho on Unplash

The owl’s wings commence their flap

As he takes off from his perch,

The night is black

When he begins his hungry search.

Mice move to a scurry

And shrews scrunch down low,

The bird of prey is out now

So look out to all below.

Gliding under the moonlight

He moves without a sound,

Majestic to the human

Though not to those living on the ground.

Perspective changes our viewpoint

And we know that to be true,

The owl is enemy to some

But he is harmless to me and you.

Grant Fuerstenau is a Medical Student at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and the editor of The Biographical Historian.

One of America’s earliest naval heroes

Stephen Decatur by Alonzo Chappel

Stephen Decatur Jr. was born on January 5th, 1779 in Sinepuxent, Maryland to parents Stephen Decatur Sr. and Ann Pine. Decatur Sr. was a merchant and naval officer during the Revolutionary War. At the age of eight, young Stephen developed whooping cough. A common remedy for whooping cough was said to be the salty sea water. Being that Stephen’s father was a merchant, he took Stephen on his next voyage to Europe. This trip became instrumental in Stephen’s developing a nautical passion.

Upon returning from Europe, Stephen’s cough had subsided. At this point, Stephen enrolled in the Episcopal Academy in…

A short poem

Photo by Armand Khoury on Unsplash

Do you know where you are meant to be

Or even what you should be made to see?

I desperately want to know my truth

Though deep down I’m sure I’m just simply displaying my youth.

My obsession with my path

Is frequently confronted with my own wrath.

It may seem crazy

To never be satisfied with just enough,

Comfortability is easier

But comfortability is just my bluff.

My life is ever-changing

Though I view it as stagnant,

Maybe my eyes are narrowed

On just some partial fragment.

Peace often escapes me

And doubt floods my mind,

Will I fail…

Medical Student | Inquirer | Lover of Medicine, Sports, Science, History, and Geography | Editor of The Biographical Historian

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