Visits of Franklin D. Roosevelt to Vineyard Waters
Vineyard Gazette
Twice the thirty-first President of the United States came close to Martha’s Vineyard, into Vineyard waters, once a few weeks after his first inauguration in 1933 when he skippered the yacht Amberjack II into Edgartown harbor and lay overnight, and again in August 1941, when on the yacht Potomac, bound for the meeting with Winston Churchill which resulted in the Atlantic Charter, he kept rendezvous at Tarpaulin Cove.
 
On the second visit little could be said. Radio and press kept silence, and even after the announcement of the meeting between Mr. Roosevelt and Mr.
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Islanders Had Close Ties with Coolidge
Vineyard Gazette
The death of Calvin Coolidge was the occasion for much sorrow and sympathy on the Vineyard. The former president had visited the Island many times and several Vineyarders had close ties of friendship and association with him over a period of years. Ulysses E. Mayhew of West Tisbury served with Mr. Coolidge in the state house of representatives in 1907 when the future president was beginning his legislative ecperience.
 
Thomas A. Dexter of Edgartown, at that time on the state police force, served as Mr.
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Governor’s Day on Friday Last
Vineyard Gazette

On account of press of public business Governor McCall was not able to be the guest of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association on Friday last. It was the first time in a long term of years that the people of the Vineyard have not had the pleasure of an August visit from the chief magistrate of the Commonwealth.

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McCall and Party Tour the Vineyard
Vineyard Gazette
Republican State leaders swarmed on the island last Friday. Conducted by the ever energetic Fred. W. Smith of Oak Bluffs, who was assisted by many of the Vineyard’s local politicians, next Governor McCall and his company were taken to every town on the island, and were unanimous at its close in declaring it to have been “a most delightful day.”
 
With Mr. McCall were Chas. S. Baxter, his campaign manager; Congressman Joseph Walsh, Calvin Coolidge, president of the senate; Senator C. L. Gifford from the Cape District; Councillor David L. Parker of New Bedford.
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Letter to Editor
Vineyard Gazette
West Tisbury, Dec. 7.
 
Editor of the Vineyard Gazette:
 
To me one of the most interesting departments of the Gazette - it would be hard indeed to name the most interesting - is the weekly quiz in Vineyard history. But last week my answer differed as regards the three presidents who have visited the Island, as I named Arthur instead of Adams. But before penning this letter I read Rev. Haig Adadourian’s article in the same issue, in which Chester A. Arthur was listed as one of the three presidents who have visited the Island.
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How Grover Cleveland Landed on Vineyard in Emphatic Sense
Vineyard Gazette
Last week’s Gazette guessed that Grover Cleveland landed on the Vineyard more than once when he was President. Joseph E. Howes of West Tisbury supplies the information that he did - more so than the Island’s other Presidential visitors. Here is the story:
 
President Cleveland came over from Grey Gables, his Buzzard’s Bay summer home, to try the bass fishing from the late R.W. Crocker’s stand at Squibnocket. Mr. Crocker, Cleveland, and two others started to drive up-Island from Vineyard Haven, but when they reached West Tisbury a wheel came off the carriage.
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President Arthur
Vineyard Gazette

President Arthur and party went fishing off Menemsha Bight last Wednesday, in the U.S. Fish Commissioners' steamer Fish Hawk. The report that the President sent a bundle of state docucuments to be mailed at Nope lacks confirmation.

 

 

 

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Former President Richard M. Nixon Visits the Island
Phyllis Meras
Former President Richard M. Nixon was a traffic stopper on lower Main street in Edgartown Saturday morning.
 
At about 10 a.m., Mr. Nixon, his longtime friends Charles G. (Bebe) Rebozo and Robert H. Abplanalp came into the yacht club pier in a 50-foot Hatteras. There they were met by state police officer Daniel Flynn, about a dozen Secret Service men and a handful of bystanders and yachtsmen involved in the finals of the National Shields Championships.
 
Until the night before, when the 110-foot motor yacht Star Mist leased by Mr.
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Sea View Reception
Vineyard Gazette
President Grant and his wife had a reception at the Sea View House on Saturday evening last, which was a most fitting close to the festivities on the Vineyard. The supper was of the choicest kind. The beauty and wealth of the Bluffs were out in full force and dancing was indulged in until 12 o’clock. The time consumed in the reception was an hour, during which one thousand persons shook hands with President. The dining hall in which the reception took place, always pleasant, presented an exceedingly fine appearance.
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Arrival of President Grant
Vineyard Gazette
Today has been a notable day in the history of Martha’s Vineyard. The President of the Republic has landed upon our shore, has partaken of our hospitality, and has received in person the salutations of our people. Other days he will be with us but this day, his first day, is especially noteworthy.
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