intersection 02.15.16

POTUS/NY
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In honor of Washington and Lincoln, a hail to the chiefs with some POTUS/NY trivia.


1. George Washington
GW's HQ for two months in 1776 was the Morris-Jumel mansion, now Manhattan's oldest house,…After the war, #1 gave an emotional farewell address to his officers at Fraunces Tavern. Inaugurated here in 1789. Lived at 1 Cherry Street, now Pearl and Dover, and then 39 Broadway.

2. John Adams
Lived as VP at a mansion called Richmond Hill, located where Charlton and Varick cross today.

3. Thomas Jefferson
TJ was the country's first Secretary of State and, while he served, lived at 57 Maiden Lane…The Jefferson Market building was named for him. More on Jefferson's connections to NYC, including merchants from whom he bought Madeira, a sofa, and toothbrushes.

4. James Madison
Madison Square Park is named for him.

5. James Monroe
His VP, Daniel Tompkins, went to Columbia, and had been a NY Governor. The area around what is now Tompkins Square Park was owned by him before becoming city property…Monroe died on July 4, 1831 in NYC.

6. John Quincy Adams
NY might well not have become the commerce capital without the Erie Canal, which, during JQA's admin, linked Lake Erie with New York City via the Hudson River, completed on October 25, 1825.

10. John Tyler
On June 26, 1844, the Church of the Ascension, at 5th Ave. and Tenth Street, Tyler married spitfire Julia Gardiner, the first time a president had been married while in office.

11. James K. Polk
Here is the first surviving photo of a president while in office. It happened on February 14, 1849 downtown at Matthew Brady's studio.

14. Franklin Pierce
FP came to New York to inaugurate the Crystal Palace (where Bryant Park is now) for the World's Fair.

15. James Buchanan
After taking in the Astor Library and City Hall in April, 1856, JB went back to his hotel, the Everett House on Union Square, where nearly two thousand people were waiting for him and where he spoke to the crowd from the balcony.

16. Abraham Lincoln
At Cooper Union in 1860, Lincoln delivered his extraordinary Right Makes Might speech.

18. Ulysses S. Grant
Grant's Tomb, of course. Prior: he lived at 3 East 66th Street and his office, Grant and Ward, was at 2 Wall Street.

19. Rutherford B. Hayes
RBH turned up in 1880 for the opening of the 7th Regiment Armory at Park and 67th.

20. James A. Garfield
Garfield Place (formerly Macomb Street) in Park Slope was named for JAG after his assassination.

21. Chester A. Arthur
As an attorney practicing in NYC, he won a case guaranteeing the rights of blacks to ride streetcars in New York City. He was also the only man (other than Washington) to take the presidential oath in NYC. Arthur was in NY at his 123 Lexington Avenue home when Garfield died from an assassin's bullet. He took the oath from a NY judge at the judge's residence on Madison Avenue and then again in D.C. from Chief Justice Morrison Waite. (Thanks to the Chief Justice's great-great grandson for sending the info to MUG.)

23. Benjamin Harrison
For the centennial of GW's inauguration, BH reenacts #1's arrival in NYC aboard a barge in the harbor. 13 oarsman symbolized the 13 colonies.

26. Theodore Roosevelt
TR was born at 28 E. 20th on October 27, 1858 and lived there until he was 14. It's a National Historic Site.

27. William Howard Taft
Taft presided over the dedication ceremony of the NY Public Library on May 23, 1911. It opened the next morning.

31. Herbert Hoover
HH became a permanent resident of the Waldorf Towers and died there in 1964.

32. Franklin D. Roosevelt
He and Eleanor lived at 125 E. 36th from 1904-1908 and then at 47-49 E. 65th, now the Roosevelt House and open for tours.

33. Harry S. Truman
On October 24, 1949, Truman spoke at the cornerstone laying ceremony for the U.N. Hear the speech here.

34. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Was president of Columbia before he was POTUS.

35. John F. Kennedy
At the Democratic fundraiser/45th birthday salute on May 19, 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang Happy Birthday, breathlessly, to JFK at Madison Square Garden. The Jean Louis gown she wore (Adlai Stevenson said it was "all beads and skin, and I didn't see the beads") sold for $1,267,500 at Christie's in 1999.

37. Richard M. Nixon
After losing his bid for the governorship of California in 1962, lived at 810 Fifth Avenue. He also lived at 142 E. 65th (neighboring David Rockefeller and Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.) from 1979-1981. He died here on April 22, 1994.

38. Gerald R. Ford
Ford to City: Drop Dead was a 1975 Daily News headline, one of the best-known headlines of all time.

39. Jimmy Carter
As part of his Jimmy Carter Work Project, the ex-president worked with over 2,000 volunteers in 2000 to renovate homes on W. 134th Street and in Bed-Stuy.

40. Ronald Reagan
At the Stork Club with Nancy—a true glam shot.

42. Bill Clinton
Has an office in Harlem at 55 W. 125th Street, though the Clinton Foundation has moved further south.

44. Barack Obama
Columbia, class of '83, the first graduate from the university to be elected president.







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