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lled at Brown's Hotel the capital dominated by slaveholders a cab adventure President Buchanan and Miss Lane at the White House reception at Senator Douglas's re-election of Douglas to the Senate his loyalty to Lincoln arrival of Lincoln in Wlace in the social world at the capital. New Year's, 1860, I first witnessed the ceremonies of that day. Going to the White House, upon invitation of Mr. Buchanan, we watched with admiration the President, with all the dignity natural to him, and M experienced women who chaperoned me on occasions of great importance. No more courtly President has ever been in the White House than James Buchanan, whose innate refinement and dignified manners had been greatly enhanced by his experience at the court of Saint James. His charming niece, Miss Harriet Lane, who presided as mistress of the White House, was so queenly and gracious always that she has had no superior as the first lady of the land. I shall ever bless them for the cordial greeti
tened to defend in 1861. The armies from the Southwest who had been from Cairo to New Orleans, on the coast from New York to Saint Augustine, from Vicksburg to Lookout Mountain, from Atlanta to the sea, were all ordered to report to headquarters in Washington. The men of the Army of the Tennessee, ragged and worn by their long marches and desperate fighting, but with a glorious record for heroism and endurance, were delighted that they were to have an opportunity to see the Capitol, the White House, where Mr. Lincoln had lived, and the theatre where he had been so cruelly murdered. Reaching Alexandria May 12, 1865, they were encamped in and around that degenerate city, where brave young Ellsworth, the first martyr of the war, lost his life in hauling down a Confederate flag that had been hoisted over the Jackson Hotel, almost under the shadow of the dome of the Capitol. General Howard was ordered to take charge of the Freedmen's Bureau, and General Logan was reinstated, as he s
Senator Wade the winter of 1868-9 State dinners at the White House origin of Decoration day due to General Logan. A won of the day and night, especially in the vicinity of the White House and the old War Department building. Countersigns were, and were anxious to do everything possible to make the White House attractive and to have every one feel that it was the pearation, however, had been made for the reception at the White House. The Marine Band, under the leadership of the well-r with the majority of the throng that surged through the White House that dreary day. The cabinet was well represented, Sto give a brilliant and memorable social function in the White House which would not be clouded by any political collisions oso that the company was very large. The children of the White House received their guests in the blue room, thence passing i. A more enchanting scene was never witnessed in the White House. Nellie, Ulysses, and Jesse Grant, the Barneses and McC
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sented themselves to President Grant at the White House, there was a large number of distinguished had occurred. Among the callers at the White House soon after the occupancy by President Grantiation that was made for the repairs in the White House. Congress had at that time a very differenhen President and Mrs. Grant moved into the White House, March 5, 1869, they consequently found it ate that we were constantly summoned to the White House for formal and informal dinners, lunches, adency, and their final establishment in the White House, she was still the unpretentious, sincere f a large theatre-party of children from the White House and the homes of the cabinet officers, espe of royalty than any other occupants of the White House. Among them were the Duke of Edinburgh, Eathing that had previously been given in the White House. Lady Thornton, with her tall, spare figureurteenth Street. Thus we were very near the White House. General Butler's residence on I Street, Za[11 more...]
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eat fire chairman of the Senate military committee the Abbott ransom case White House New Year's reception, 1872 subsequent social festivities death of Mrs. Bel o'clock in the morning — the streets were full of carriages en route to the White House. Mrs. Grant had invited the ladies of the cabinet and the Supreme Court and uctions that none who came to pay their respects should be excluded from the White House. Consequently, an hour after the programme had been finished along line of citizens and visitors, two abreast, passed through the White House, halting only long enough to speak to President Grant. It was after twelve o'clock when the last one had been gratified by a welcome to the White House. Secretary Fish had the customary breakfast for the Diplomatic Corps, foreign relations committees of bothcial season, and was rapidly followed by state dinners and receptions in the White House, in the homes of the cabinet, in the homes of the Diplomatic Corps, justices
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turally the only barrier in the road to the White House to each of the men ambitious to occupy it. sy manner of the ladies who received at the White House. Propriety and dignity were her chief charnd the navy, and Saturday afternoon for the White House. The mistress of that mansion always made ople. It is impossible for any lady in the White House to go through the long list of persons entference in treatment accorded guests in the White House latterly and in the olden time is by recognhat have been served in the corridor of the White House by caterers after musicales within the pastpitol for the inauguration, and back to the White House. The committee accepted his offer, and on yard-drove to the Capitol and thence to the White House in this beautiful equipage. Another thoughheir seats in the carriage to return to the White House. We had in our employ at that time a fabeing left there. When they arrived at the White House, President Grant took Jack by the hand and [1 more...]
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ers of the Senate, Anthony, Conkling, Hamlin, Carpenter, Morton, Cameron, Sherman, Thurman, Gordon, Allison, and others Nellie Grant's elaborate wedding at the White House wedding of Colonel Frederick D. Grant in Chicago. It was quite late in the summer before General Logan reached home, as the extra session of the Senate whicul senator than was Roscoe Conkling. He eschewed all social functions, as his family were rarely with him, and was infrequently seen at receptions, even in the White House. He occasionally accepted invitations to dine with gentlemen, but had few intimates. It was natural for him to be reserved, but no more faithful friend could ersuaded out of it they allowed her to have everything as she desired. Undoubtedly Nellie Grant's was the most elaborate wedding that ever took place in the White House. Social affairs in Washington were never brighter than in the spring of 1874. The city was full of officers who had won distinction in the army and navy durin
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ogan and Blair New Year's reception at the White House the Whiskey Ring scandals Republican convcharacter and management as mistress of the White House Rev. Dr. J. P. Newman. General Sherman'l Fred and Mrs. Grant were ensconced in the White House, and were to spend the winter with the Pres of the fascinating Mrs. Grant, Jr., in the White House, and the promise that Nellie would soon rete magnificent costume was never worn in the White House than that of Madame Yoshida's. The materialvious one. The New Year's reception at the White House was then, as now, the signal for the beginnficial positions under the very roof of the White House. Grant himself did not escape the insinuat superior and few equals as mistress of the White House. An unprejudiced, truthful historian woulde stand she took in banishing wine from the White House table, but even her severest critics have ssident Hayes, after his retirement from the White House under the adverse criticism of the many, di[7 more...]
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uld have made an acceptable mistress of the White House. Mrs. James G. Blaine was a tall, large womss have filled the place of mistress of the White House with great credit to herself and satisfacti most brilliant receptions ever held in the White House took place January i, 1880. Mrs. Hayes had re at her first New Year's reception at the White House had been laid aside. She was beautifully gches of the conservatory and throughout the White House. Mr. Pfister had been installed in the WhitWhite House by Mrs. Hayes, who knew him in Ohio, and brought him here as White House gardener, and a beWhite House gardener, and a better selection could not possibly have been made. I remember that Mr. John Sherman was my escort option to the foreign legations given at the White House. The decorations, refreshments, and every Swett, of Chicago, to come and stay in the White House, to see if it were not possible for him to Washington and gave, the morning after the White House dinner, a superb breakfast in their honor, [5 more...]
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and Mrs. Hayes, who soon afterward left the White House to spend the night with Secretary Sherman. had the largest family that had been in the White House since General Grant's administration. Havihich wine was restored to the table of the White House have never been known, as Mrs. Garfield wasfrom the family but from all callers at the White House. She was a venerable, fine-looking old lad line of visitors passing in and out of the White House during President Garfield's long illness, t Arthur's occupation every one declared the White House had never been before so fittingly furnisheuch of the time during his occupancy of the White House. Her own daughter and Nellie Arthur were ah should characterize social affairs in the White House, as they believed it should go without saying that everything done in the White House should befit the dignity of the home of the President of, all of whom were frequent visitors at the White House, was a long one. Among others there were M[3 more...]