How many U.S. presidents in all were in Brookline at some point in their lives? I've identified
(Library of Congress)
Harrison, a Republican, was elected in 1888 between the two terms of Grover Cleveland. On August 7, 1889, Harrison arrived in Boston via train from New York as part of a weeklong New England sojourn.
In Boston, Harrison was greeted by admiring throngs, met with invited guests at the Hotel Vendome on Commonwealth Avenue, and attended a reception at Faneuil Hall.
Late in the afternoon, the President and a large party, riding in carriages and accompanied by mounted officers, set out on a ride through Brighton and Brookline. A large crowd, including local officials, gathered on Corey Hill awaiting the president.
At one point, a group of carriages was spotted moving east on Beacon Street, and much of the crowd descended the hill to greet Harrison, only to be disappointed. It was, instead, a group of visiting furniture men returning to Boston from a ride to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
Congressman John W. Candler of Brookline joined Harrison in his carriage and the ride continued, down the hill to Beacon Street, and then via Park Street, Washington Street, Gardner Road, Tappan Street, Sumner Road, Walnut and Warren Streets to the Ignatius Sargent estate.
From the Sargent estate, the president and his party continued via Chestnut, Walnut, and Irving Streets to the home of Congressman Candler on High Street Hill.
"A bountiful spread here awaited the company," reported the Boston Globe, "during which the mounted escort had an opportunity to fodder up."
|Congressman John W. Candler hosted a reception for the president and his party at his home at 99 High Street|
- "Here-----Going. Awfully Glad You Came; Goodby. Harrison, Guest of City and State, Saluted by Cannon Upon Arrival. Receptions to Public and Officials. Driven Among Suburban Beauties. " Boston Globe, August 8, 1889, p. 1.
- "The Chief Magistrate. President Harrison Visits Brookline and is Entertained by Congressman Candler." Brookline Chronicle, August 10, 1889, p. 252.
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