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Thu, Aug 01


Oak Bluffs

History Week Lecture presented by Bob Lammey

How Ulysses S. Grant's Trip to Martha's Vineyard in 1874 Signified the Downfall of his Presidency

History Week Lecture presented by Bob Lammey
History Week Lecture presented by Bob Lammey

Time & Location

Aug 01, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Oak Bluffs, 80 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, USA

About the event

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of President Grant's forgotten visit to the Campground in 1874 and presents an opportunity to further showcase Bob Lammey's important ongoing research into how that trip signified the downfall of Grant's Presidency, and in turn, the surrendering of civil rights in the U.S. for over 80 years. Bob's presentation for History Week in 2022 focused primarily on Grant's itinerary during his trip, while this year's discussion will focus on the impact of national events on the second term President that summer, the unprecedented steps he took during his visit to try and rectify certain national issues, and how the individuals who accompanied the President to MV ultimately thwarted those attempts leading to his ultimate political downfall.

Also discussed are overlooked national figures of the 19 century who had profound roles during Grant's trip to MV, including U.S. Vice President Henry Wilson, railroad tycoon John Murray Forbes, Mayor of Providence Amos Barstow, and the Methodist Bishop Gilbert Haven, whose cottage Grant stayed in the Campground and whose crusade for equal rights for formerly enslaved Americans in the South led to desperate attempts to personally save Grant's Presidency, leading to the Bishop's own untimely death.

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