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The 1996 British General Election took place on the 1st of May, 1996, It was between Incumbent Prime Minister Jacques Chirac of The Labour-Liberal Coalition and Leader of The Opposition Diana Spencer of The Conservative Party

The Election resulted in Spencer and The Conservative Party winning the majority of the seats and Spencer becoming Prime Minister while The Labour and Liberal Coalition broke apart.
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Diana Spencer became Prime Minister on the 2nd of May 1996, her tenure as PM, while short, was rather remarkable, her first major act as PM, was to sent British troops to help defeat the Republican insurgent groups in China and South-East Asia.

She then faced a Welsh Independence Referendum in January 1997, but the Welsh populace voted to stay in the UK.

In October 1997, tragedy struck when Louis, Prince of Wales, died in a car crash, The nation was in mourning as he was well loved by the nation. In January 1998, It was revealed that Louis and Spencer were having an affair, that began shortly after Spencer won the Election. In February of that year, Spencer resigned and was succeeded by her second n command, Michael Howard.

In March 2000, Spencer was assassinated by Pro-Republican Chinese-British extremists for her role in stopping The Republican Chinese groups from taking over China and establishing a republic.

Diana's legacy as a decent Prime Minister was overshadowed by her affair with the Prince of Wales and she remains as the "Prime Minister who had an affair with the Prince of Wales"
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COMPNOR as political party, interesting.

Query @Trabzon, would you be OK if I shared this on a thread about the old Star Wars EU on another board?

(it occurs to me I should ask the same about several other SW wikiboxes)
World of the Continued United Front
* Second Sino-Japanese War
* Chinese Leaders, 20s and 30s

* Map: Asia after the Second Sino-Japanese War, around 1940
* Sino-Soviet Relations, 1930s to 1950s
* United States Politics, to 1960
Indochina and the Second Indochina War
* Indonesia, 1965 to 1989
Russia, 1990s and 2000s

Indonesia, 1965 to 1989

By the 1960s, Indonesia had won independence from the Netherlands, and been established as a Republic. During the 1950s, Indonesia had a period of liberal democracy, but in the late 50s, the country transitioned to a system of "guided democracy" in an attempt to bring political stability in response to rebellion and division in the country. During that period, the country's leader, Sukarno, sought a foreign policy of anti-imperialism, leaning towards the Soviets and Chinese in order to attain developmental aid, but also pursuing a policy of non-alignment, playing a role in the Bandung Conference (which his country hosted) and the formation of the 'Non-Aligned Movement'. Domestically, Sukarno pursued a left-leaning policy, with the concept of 'Nas-A-Kom', a compound of the words for nationalism, religion, and communism, to try to balance the competing interests of the communists, islamists, and army. He was not a communist himself, but adhered to the ideology of "Marhaenism", a socialistic ideology seen by some as an offshoot of Marxism, and aligned himself and his government with the Communist Party of Indonesia, one of the largest communist parties outside of the Soviet and Chinese spheres. This did not endear him to certain sections of the military

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In the mid 60s, a group of rightist generals and officers, led by General Suharto, plotted to change the political situation in Indonesia. On early 1 October 1965, a group of soldiers and officers calling themselves the '30 September Movement' mobilized and attempted to launch a coup, claiming they were intending to prevent a coup by another faction of generals supported by the CIA. But in the military, a handful of communist-sympathizing officers managed to catch wind of the broader scheme, and were able to provide proof that the so-called 30 September Movement was actually itself more or less a false flag operation, with rightist military elements organizing a coup attempt to kill generals who could have stood in the way of Suharto's seizure of power, and then claim that the Communist Party had organized the coup attempt, allowing a purge of Communists by the military once the rightists had seized power. Indeed, the 30 September Movement, and the rightist generals who organized them, were the ones who actually had ties to the CIA, the evidence showed

For a few hours, Jakarta was in chaos, and the situation was unclear. As the day progressed, the government forces had managed to take control, with the leaked information by communist sympathizers in the military playing a key role in allowing the government to disarm the coup. The coupists were able to kill Suprapto, Second Deputy General of the military, but failed in their attempts to kidnap or kill other generals. By the end of the day, Jakarta was back under government control, and by 6 October, all coupist forces had been captured or killed

The failed coup had major repercussions in Indonesian politics. Had the coup succeeded, the rightists may have succeeded in taking control, ousting Sukarno, and purging the communists. Or alternatively, a partially successful coup could have resulted in something like the 1936 Spanish Coup that failed to seize total control of the country but gave the coupists control of significant parts of the country and signaled the start of a years-long civil war. But the Indonesian coup was a failure, and indeed backfired, with the Communist Party growing in influence and being seen as a force victimized by a foreign-backed plot, and with Sukarno managing to gain a stronger control over the military. The coup attempt was a major factor in shifting the political winds in Indonesia, which would transition from 'Republic' to 'People's Republic' by the end of the decade, with the rise of the Communist Party and other leftist forces


Even after the establishment of the People's Republic of Indonesia, the Communists in the country found themselves in a somewhat precarious position. By the 70s, the Communist Party of the USSR had an iron grip on power, and in the Socialist Republic of China the Communist Party governed with a much lighter touch but had nonetheless completely removed any real opposition to its rule as well. But the Indonesian Communists didn't face such a luxury, governing a smaller and poorer country, with less entrenched power, more geographic fragmentation due to the country's archipelagic nature, and facing sizable opposition from the Islamist sectors of the population, with such opposition often facing covert US and other Western support and funding

One way the Communist Party of Indonesia attempted to appease Islamists and reduce opposition from that direction was by attempting to meld socialism and religion. While the Soviet and Chinese spheres generally endorsed state atheism to some extent or another, the Indonesian government merely endorsed a broad idea of secularism and religious freedom, and at various times mildly endorsed Islam. The state also at times gave some support specifically to Islamic socialist and other Islamic progressive movements

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By far the most influential of these Islamic movements is that of 'Reform Shafi'i'. This Islamic movement was never explicitly socialist at its core (though it has generally been favorable to socialist ideals), but stands for a broadly progressive social teaching. When it was founded, in the early 70s not long after the foundation of the People's Republic, it had generally embraced ideas like women's rights and equality, state secularism, religious tolerance and intercommunal relations, and while it has not necessarily been on the absolute cutting edge of social reform, it has pretty consistently evolved with the times, embracing various other progressive causes as the decades have passed. This, along with its friendly relations with leftist political movements, and its more generally very liberal and unorthodox theological interpretations, has done plenty to draw the ire of conservative Muslims and Islamic groups. Even though 'Reform Shafi'i' presents itself as simply a particular interpretation of Shafi'i Sunni Islam, Reform Shafi'i is often considered its own particular sect of Islam akin to Shia, Sunni, and Ibadi Islam, and recent polling suggests that a sizable minority of the global Muslim population views Reform Shafi'i as heretical as having outright ceased to be Islamic at all. That said, the movement has managed to gain support of a significant minority of the population of Indonesia, having been controversial among some of the most conservative Indonesian Muslims, but being popular enough among the general public, and arguably serving of a bridge of sorts between the Communist Party and some of the more religious sections of the Indonesian population

Reform Shafi'i has also been the only major Islamic movement to gain any substantial amount of support outside the People's Republic of Indonesia. While some of the explicitly Islamic socialist movements arguably had some influence on latter developments in countries like Iran, they didn't actually gain more than a handful of actual adherents, while Reform Shafi'i today has around 12 million adherents in the Middle East and South Asia, in addition to its 80 million adherents in Indonesia itself. Furthermore, Reform Shafi'i has had some splits and offshoots itself, though these have never managed to achieve even a fraction of the support and adherents that the original movement has, with the largest, an attempt to create a progressive reform theology that also unifies Sunni, Shia, and Ibadi Islam, only having a little over 150,000 adherents around the world today


The Revolutions of 1989 were largely centered on the USSR, Warsaw Pact, and other countries within the Soviet sphere, with the largest changes, indeed quite earth-shattering changes geopolitically, occurring within those regions. But the protests and uprisings were not limited to the Soviet sphere. Indonesia, facing cuts in economic aid from the Chinese as well as a total end of aid and support from the Soviets, found itself facing economic issues, as well as political opposition, initially due to the economic crisis and expanding to include various movements calling for various different sorts of reforms, including increasing liberal democratic socialism and expanding civil liberties within the socialist model, transitioning to a liberal democratic capitalist system and abandoning socialism altogether, and eschewing the former two options and instead establishing an Islamic State to enforce orthodox conservative Islam

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In the end, despite facing significant opposition, the Communist Party of Indonesia was able to fare far better than the Communist Party of the USSR, enacting some political reforms and minor economic reforms but ultimately retaining its grip on power

The most significant area where the Communist Party conceded power was in the region of Irian Jaya/Western Papua, now the Papuan Autonomous People's Republic. When Indonesia gained independence from the Netherlands, the Dutch retained control of Western New Guinea/Papua for years after the rest of the Dutch East Indies gained independence. The Dutch eventually withdrew, and West Papua came under the administration of Indonesia. But the Indonesian attempts to integrate West Papua were deeply unpopular among the Papuans, and while the Communists were able to cement control over the rest of Indonesia, the party faced rather more opposition in Papua. In 1989, the protests in Papua were far more intense than in the rest of the country, and unlike in other areas, the anti-government movement saw significant defection from local law enforcement and security forces. The government in Jakarta eventually decided to just cut its losses. In the rest of the country, concessions granted to protesters were generally minor, but in Papua, the government granted major concessions, establishing the Papuan Autonomous People's Republic and granting the new government pretty much complete control over its internal affairs, largely reducing Jakartan influence in Papua to just diplomatic and military affairs as well as certain economic matters relating to foreign trade and economic relations between the Autonomous Republic and Indonesia-proper
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For the Senator Romney TL that I'm working on. Currently, I'm working on the Senate Elections of the 1990s and 2000. Once I get to at least 2009 Gov, then I'll begin writing the actual TL

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I was originally going to to do a Thomas infobox about Edward as my next infobox. However, after some interesting news from yesterday that Skarloey's small scale model that was used in Seasons 4, 5 and 10 on Thomas & Friends was found and is now preserved: , I decided that I might as well make the next Thomas character infobox about Skarloey.

This article is about the locomotive. For the railway he was named after, see Skarloey Railway. For the station on the Island of Sodor, see Skarloey (station).

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Skarloey (Sudric for "Lake in the Woods") is a narrow gauge steam locomotive.He was built by Fletcher, Jennings & Co. in 1864 and is one of the oldest locomotives still in active service. He was delivered to the Skarloey Railway (his namesake) in 1865 and continues to run on this railway to this day. He is also twin engine of the locomotive Talyllyn of the Tallyllyn Railway as well as the flagship locomotive of the Skarloey Railway.

Skarloey was built by Fletcher, Jennings & Co in Whitehaven along side his twin Talyllyn in 1864 [1]. The following year in May, he would be transported to the Island of Sodor by steam ship at Kirk Ronan Harbour, before being delivered to Crovan's Gate by Sodor and Mainland Railway #2 Neil [2]. Skarloey would assist in the construction of the narrow gauge Skarloey Railway. The railway was soon complete and Skarloey would be be numbered one by the company [3].

Skarloey had originally been built with a 0-4-0 wheel configuration, which caused him to bounce a lot on the rails. He was also built with no cab. In 1866-1867, he had trailing wheels added to improve stability and also had a cab installed at the same time [4]. With his new add ons, Skarloey became a favorite with the men of the railway despite his shy steaming. In consequence he would always worked harder than Rheneas (who had arrive on the railway in October 1865). In 1897, he would return to Whitehaven for a second and final time for heavy repairs. No further overhauls were done to him apart from general maintenance in the Skarloey Railway workshop; the result being that by 1945 his boiler and firebox were in such poor condition that he could only be steamed in emergencies as a spare engine. On one such occasion in 1952, he damaged the springs on his left side whilst bringing home a passenger train, resulting in him receiving a much-needed overhaul.[5]

He was sent to Gibbons Bros. Ltd. in England for this, where he met his twin Talyllyn, who was there for the same purpose, for the first time in some 60 years. He returned almost as new six years later in 1958 [6], but was still somewhat shy in steaming. After many experiments, however, foreman Ivo Hugh (born 1921) finally cured this fault by fitting a brick arch in his firebox and a "Kylchap" cowl on his blast pipe. This work was done in the SR's workshop with no outside help at all.

At the celebrations for his and Rheneas' 100th birthday in 1965, he collected the Duke of Sodor Sir Robert Norramby (born 1940) and took him around the new loop line.[7] During the summer and autumn of 1982, Skarloey would help out Rusty, Peter Sam and Duncan with the major cleanup of the railway of branches, leaves and debris.[8] He underwent another heavy overhaul at Crovan's Gate Works during the winter and early spring of 1985 and returned to service in May of that same year.

Skarloey later attended the naming ceremony of SKR #7 Ivo Hugh and brought along a special train with important guests. However, he had to stop when a sow and her piglets strayed onto the line. His passengers had to come out to catch the pigs and return them to their field and Skarloey was late but arrived in time for the naming ceremony. [9]

In 2015, Skarloey and Rheneas celebrated their 150th birthdays (and the 150th anniversary of the Skarloey Railway) and as of 2020, is still in service, often taking passengers to tourist points on the line and working at the Slate Quarries.


An illustration of both Skarloey and Talyllyn under construction at Fletcher, Jennings & Co in 1864.

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Skarloey with SKR #2 Rheneas during the latter's return to the Skarloey Railway following his overhaul in 1961.


A picture of all the Skarloey Railway steam locomotives taken in 1970. From left to right and front to back: SKR #6 Duncan, SKR #1 Skarloey, SKR #3 and former MSR #3 Sir Handel, SKR#4 and former MSR #4 Peter Sam, SKR#8 and former MSR #1 Duke and SKR #2 Rheneas.


A photo of all the engines of the Skarloey Railway fleet taken in 1970. From left to right and back to front, SKR #5 Rusty, SKR#1 Skarloey, SKR#3 and former MSR #3 Sir Handel, SKR #2 Rheneas, SKR#6 Duncan, SKR#4 and former MSR #4 Peter Sam and SKR#8 and former MSR #1 Duke.

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Skarloey (left) at the Mine Fairgrounds during its grand opening during the Summer of 1980. SKR #2 Rheneas can be seen on the right while SKR #10 Bertram is in the center pulling a passenger train.

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A photo of both Skarloey and SKR #2 Rheneas taken in 1982 at the Boulder Quarry at an inconvenient time.

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A rare site to behold. Two #1 engines. Here NWR #1 Thomas the Tank Engine is seen passing by a beach returning Skarloey from Crovan Gate Works in May 1985 following the latter's overhaul.[10]

[1] The Railway Series Book 20: Very Old Engines (1965) -
Skarloey is shown built in the same engine factory as Talyllyn in 1864.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Ibid.
[5] The Railway Series Book 10: Four Little Engines: Story 4: Old Faithful (1955) and Thomas & Friends Season/Series 4 Episode 5: Four Little Engines (1995)
- Peter Sam was originally suppose to take that passenger train, but was away for maintenance. As a result, Sir Handel took the train instead. However, the coaches eventually derail him and Skarloey offers to pull the train home. This eventually leads to his springs breaking and causing him to tilt to his left side.
[6] The Railway Series Book 14: The Little Old Engine: Story 2: Home at Last (1959) and Thomas & Friends Season/Series 4 Episode 9: Home at Last (1995) - Skarloey returns from his overhaul in this story/episode.
[7] Railway Series Book 20: Very Old Engines (1965) -
Skarloey celebrates his 100th birthday in this book.
[8] In Thomas & Friends Season/Series 5 Episode 24: Duncan Gets Spooked (1998), Skarloey, Rusty, Peter Sam, and Duncan can be seen at the beginning of the episode clearing the line of leaves and broken branches.
[9] Railway Series Book 40: New Little Engine: Story 4: I Name This Engine (1996) - Skarloey is chosen to pull a special train to collect the guests and pull them back to Crovan's Gate for SKR #7 Ivo Hugh's naming ceremony. However, on the way back a sow and her piglets stray onto the line, and the guests have to capture them and put them in their field.
[10] Thomas & Friends Season/Series 10 Episode 26: Thomas and Skarloey's Big Day Out (2006) - The photo of Thomas pulling Skarloey on a flatbed is from that episode. On the wiki, it mentions that Skarloey went under overhaul for a few months in 1985 and returned to service by May, though I don't know where that info originated from. In that episode title above, Skarloey breaks down and Thomas has to bring him to the works to be repaired. I just decided that the photo above from that episode could also be from the aftermath of his '85 overhaul.

Thomas infoboxes:
North Western Railway

NWR #1 Thomas

Skarloey Railway
SKR #1 Skarloey (you are here)
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Alternate Pope names! (The perks of having a Catholic alternate historian infoboxer ;))

-Pope Francis thought of taking the name John XXIV when he was considered a candidate in the 2005 papal conclave. What if he kept that interest in the 2013 conclave?

-Pope Saint John Paul II thought of taking the name "Stanislaus" after the patron saint of Poland: Stanislaus of Szczepanów. It would've been a very maverick name for the pontiff. But, it does have a ring to it.
Related Pages (unnamed TL)
Edward VI to Thomas II (lineage)
Henry XII & I to Anne (lineage)
Henry XII & II & I to the present (lineage)


Empress Guinevere is the nation's current and 9th monarch, succeeding her father, Percival as the holder of the Crystal Throne after dethroning him in 1991.

Born as the eldest daughter of the Prince of Chesapeake during the reign of her grandfather, Gawain II, Guinevere's family life was quite complicated, seeing as after her mother's death giving birth to her younger brother, her father married soon after to Countess Letitia of Nellenburg, who would serve as princess consort from 1973 to 1980, when she died in a riding accident, and her husband took only 2 years to marry again, this time to one of the nieces of the aging King of Quebec.

Considered a charming and elegant princess and held in much better regard in comparison to her unremarkable brother and despotic father (outside of calling for parliament after succeeding his father in 1984, Percival did not call for it for the remainder of his reign), Guinevere's turn to the spotlight came with her father's failed invasion of Quebec in early 1991 as a bid to claim its throne (as his wife was one of the possible heirs of the childless monarch), which was considered the last straw by both the Premier Lords, which were not interested in some war to put the emperor on a foreign (and Catholic to booth) throne, and the political and military classes, who looked to her as a leader (Prince Arthur was quite uninterested in the throne, passed down the opportunity for it when offered, and remains the bachelor Duke of New Amsterdam to this day) due to her short career in the air force and her known dislike for her father.

In 17 December 1991, she moved with a small force to the White Palace in Camelot (blame Arthur I and his desire to tie his dynasty with the legendary ruler of the Britons) and after a short-lived siege, took her father captive, officially dethroning him a day later, with the ex-emperor, now simply called "Prince Percival", being forced into exile in disgrace (after divorcing his third wife in 1992, he married thrice and divorced twice since, living with his 6th wife, a much younger cuban noblewoman, in a secluded manor in the Cayos, being sustained by a pension paid by the Crown Estates and having a 24-hour rotation of "bodyguards"), his being the 5th time an American monarch was dethroned or deposed in the nation's history (and the 4th in the 20th century alone).

Currently with almost 3 decades in the throne in her resume, Guinevere's reign has been a peaceful one for the most part, with America remaining staunchly neutral among the geopolitics of both North America and the world in general (even if the 5th Floridian Civil War threatens to spill over the southern border), and has seen a return to the democracy of the times of Gawain II, with Parliament being called almost annually to convene in Camelot, together with a closer union between some of the major states of the empire, in part due to the empress' personal charisma and the fact that the Grand Prince of Piedmont is her first cousin, the Grand Duke of Maryland is her uncle (and second cousin once removed), the ruler of the United Duchies is her brother-in-law and she is close friends or acquaintances with most of the other Premier Lords. Things have not been entirely good, though, as besides the spilling over of the Floridian Civil War, the country is currently suffering from a recession caused by an investment bubble

As the Lord Defensor of the Six Nations and sovereign Princess of Annobón (the only territory of the empire in Africa) Guinevere has been hands-off, leaving the ruling of the first to the Council and the second to her sister, who has served as Vicereine for years at this point)

Married in 1995 to her distant cousin, Prince George Michael of Niagara (his family line was started by Arthur I's black mistress, who started as a servant in the Crown Estate and became Duchess of Niagara), they had three children but nowadays live mostly separate lives for nearly a decade, with her eldest son and heir, Arthur, being expected to become the first non-white monarch of America
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Here's the final result for the 1994 Romney beats Ted Kennedy TL. I suspected there'd be a bigger swing to the Republicans if this was the case and so, this is the result :

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Feel free to guess the 3 Survivors for the Dems
Bryan: former Governor and a moderate.
Feinstein: won special election in 1992 in a landslide over the appointed Republican Senator, and would probably defeat any Republican not named Michael Huffington
Robb: won IOTL in a 3-way race (Marshall Coleman ran as an Independent with the backing of Sen. John Warner who despised Oliver North)
Bryan: former Governor and a moderate.
Feinstein: won special election in 1992 in a landslide over the appointed Republican Senator, and would probably defeat any Republican not named Michael Huffington
Robb: won IOTL in a 3-way race (Marshall Coleman ran as an Independent with the backing of Sen. John Warner who despised Oliver North)

Despite that, all three races were quite close OTL. California was decided by 1.9%, Nevada by 9.8%, and Virginia by 2.7% (John Warner wasn't as popular amongst Virginia as many people think and he only consistently won re-election because the Democrats believed having a Liberal/Moderate Republican in the Senate would help them more and so consistently pushed weak candidates until 2008, when Warner wasn't on the Ballot. Why else would Wilder not have run in 1996 (I don't think anyone expected M. Warner to have gotten as close as he did) or 2002? and I think Robb was just floundering because the state was more Conservative than he was willing to be. At that point in time, at least.).

Anyways, congrats @EYates you guessed correctly. Those three states, I feel, wouldn't flip unless there was a more than 25 point swing in favor of the Republicans, which I don't see happening, even with Romney winning in Massachusetts.
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From Forgotten No More, the first through third Presidents of the United States under the First Constitution:

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Artemas Ward, the first President of the United States, was selected by the First Congress following the 1788-89 elections and the 1788-89 Presidential Election. When George Washington publicly refused consideration for the position, electors cast their ballots for an array of figures. Ward, a Revolutionary War veteran, was ultimately selected and though the man was sickly, he accepted the position. His presidency set a number of customs, including the "one-term" tradition that would eventually be broken and then made mandatory following the Second Constitutional Convention.

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William Few Jr. entered office far less sickly than his predecessor, taking a national tour leading up to his inauguration. He had caucused with the growing Federalist Party and aligned with them while a Senator and while President, but was known as a populist figure in spite of the Federalist Party's elitist leadership. His selection by the Third Congress following the deadlocked Electoral Congress met that despite his position as a centrist and relative non-partisan. Known as the first "people's President," Few's greatest legacy is the National University System, after he pushed for and signed the University Act of 1796 that established a publicly funded university in every (then) state.

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Henry Lee III was the first of four members of the Lee family to reach the office of President of the United States (brother Charles and Edmund and son Robert being the others). He was also the first President to break the one-term tradition set by Artemas Ward and is the only President to have served two non-consecutive terms of office (Henry won the 1796 election, lost the 1800 election, then won the 1808. He replaced his own brother, Charles Lee, who had become President in 1805 and gave up the Federalist Party nomination to Light-Horse Harry rather than push for his own re-election in 1808.
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I already known how to create and add infoboxes to this site now. However, I wanna know to link my previous posts so they can be easier to get to. I mean, I want to link my Thomas infobox post on my Skarloey infobox post to basically serve as a guide to I have done so far.

I already know how to copy and past URLs (that part is easy), I just down want to link the entire page and just a section. Could someone please help me with that?
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