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Me at our White Coat Ceremony a few weeks ago

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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…

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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…

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. …

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…

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. …

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…

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.

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…

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…

Grant Fuerstenau

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

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