President William H. Taft and His Wife Celebrate Their 25th Wedding Anniversary With a Party at the White House

He remarks on the rarity of the event in a letter to Russell Harrison, son of President Benjamin Harrison

“It seldom falls to the lot of man to celebrate a domestic event of this character in the Executive Mansion. President and Mrs. Hayes were occupants of the White House at the time of their silver wedding anniversary, and, as far as I know, this was not true of any other President.”

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President William H. Taft and His Wife Celebrate Their 25th Wedding Anniversary With a Party at the White House

He remarks on the rarity of the event in a letter to Russell Harrison, son of President Benjamin Harrison

“It seldom falls to the lot of man to celebrate a domestic event of this character in the Executive Mansion. President and Mrs. Hayes were occupants of the White House at the time of their silver wedding anniversary, and, as far as I know, this was not true of any other President.”

On June 18, 1911, President William H. Taft and his First Lady Helen Taft celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. This was the occasion for a party in the White House, and one was held. It was a small affair and private, nothing elaborate, something the ailing Mrs. Taft could attend. In 1877, she had attended a similar 25th anniversary party for President Rutherford and Lucy Hayes. The Hayes family were old friends of her parents at home in Ohio. In addition to family, the Tafts invited close friends like Russell Harrison, son of President Benjamin Harrison. The Harrisons and Tafts had strong ties.

Typed letter signed, as President, on White House letterhead, Washington, June 21 1911, to Harrison, remarking on the singularity of the event. “Mrs. Taft and I are grateful to you for your cordial telegram of June 19th. It was the next best thing to your participation in the affair. We had favorable weather, and a throng of friends who were full of the spirit of the occasion. As you say, it seldom falls to the lot of man to celebrate a domestic event of this character in the Executive Mansion. President and Mrs. Hayes were occupants of the White House at the time of their silver wedding anniversary, and, as far as I know, this was not true of any other President.”

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