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Cleveland, Grover (1837-1908) to Walter Harris

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08931 Author/Creator: Cleveland, Grover (1837-1908) Place Written: Princeton, New Jersey Type: Autograph note signed Date: 2 March 1904 Pagination: 1 p. : envelope : stamp ; 26.5 x 20.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Replies to Harris letter, written and signed 1 March 1904, inquiring if Cleveland "entertained a negro, C.H.J. Taylor, of Kansas, at dinner" at the White House during his presidency. He heard the information in a speech given on the floor of the House of Representatives by Charles F. Scott. The reply, in which Cleveland asserts that "Of course the statement is absolutely false," is written on Harris's original letter. Harris was a reporter at the Senate press gallery.

People: Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908
Harris, Walter Edward, fl. 1904

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: Progressive EraEntertaining and HospitalityWhite HousePresidentAfrican American HistoryGovernment and CivicsCongress

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