Grant at Long Branch:
The Summer White House of the Grant Presidency

 

Today, somewhere on the grounds of an ocean side retreat center in Long Branch, New Jersey, is the exact site of what was, for a time, the bustling center of the executive branch of the United States during a pivotal period of the nationís history. This was the site of the summer White House of President Ulysses S. Grant from 1869 through 1876. There is no marker, no indication of the presence of one of the most important Americans in history, just a lawn by the Jersey shore.

President Grantís close ties to this seaside community are not commonly remembered today. But it was to Long Branch, in fact, that President Grant and his family journeyed each summer from 1869 to 1877, to escape the literal and political heat of Washington, D.C. The president took such extended working vacations at the resort that Long Branch came to be known as the nationís summer capital. Grant continued to visit there after his presidency, and was considered to be the communityís first citizen until quite late in his life.

 

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