President Taft in Columbus

In honor of President’s Day yesterday, the staff of the Local History Department would like to highlight our communities brush with a US President.  The above image shows President William Howard Taft speaking to the citizens of Columbus from a stand on the corner of Main and Market Streets (now 5th Street). The November 2, 1909 visit was arranged as part of a national tour by Secretary of War Jacob McGavock Dickinson, a Columbus native. President Taft participated in a parade (below), ate at a barbeque, visited the home of Blewett Lee (now the Stephen D. Lee House and Museum), and spoke at the Industrial Institute and College (now Mississippi University for Women).

Published in: on February 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

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