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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. (search)
Medford, he delivered the Fourth of July oration in the Unitarian Church. Service in our schools seems to have been a good preparation for a wider life of usefulness and prominence. Many pupils must have been stimulated and greatly influenced for good by such earnest, fine young spirits as Starr King and his predecessors in office. The most distinguished guests within our borders have been two of world-wide fame, Washington (1789) and Lafayette (1824). The magnet that drew them was John Brooks, their comrade-in-arms. President James Monroe, during his term of office, on a visit to Boston in 1817, was in Medford twice. A Boston newspaper says that Thursday, July 3, he came with his suite in carriages to return a call made him by Governor Brooks, partook of an elegant collation, visited the delightful neighborhood, and on the Saturday following dined with Governor Brooks returning to Boston at 6 o'clock. The elegant collation and delightful neighborhood evidently refer to