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U.S. President Grant Invests in Jersey Shore Real Estate

On August 3, 1871, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant purchased a cottage in the Elberon section of Long Branch, where he would spend his summers during his presidency and beyond. In 1867, General Ulysses S. Grant had visited Long Branch for the first time and would later be quoted as saying, “In all of my travels I have never seen a better place for a summer residence than Long Branch.” He would return to Long Branch in the ensuing summers, starting in 1869 as president of the United States. He and his family, which included his wife, Julia; sons Frederick, Jesse, Ulysses S. Grant, Jr and daughter Nellie, stayed at the newly build Stetson Hotel. Local properous citizens would pool their resources to buy a cottage for the President at 991 Ocean Avenue in the Elberon section of Long Branch, standing stately on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Grant’s visits to the town made Long Branch a destination of national interest, and six other presidents would summer there in the years to come: Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley and Woodrow Wilson. This area would later be named Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in honor of these esteemed guests.

The Valley Spirit, Wednesday, November 22, 1871, Vol. 25, No. 21. Available:

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