President Taft Speaks to Crowd From Porch of Howard Hotel in Elkton

In the middle of a heated four-way presidential contest, a special train screeched to a stop at the Elkton station one Saturday in May 1912. On board for a quick whistle stop tour of Maryland was President William H. Taft.

When he arrived at 11:45 a.m., he was met at the station by a committee with automobiles and was quickly whisked to the Howard Hotel for a quarter-of-an-hour reception.  Promptly at 12:00 p.m. the Chief Exectuive was introduced by William T. Warburton and for three-quarters of an hour he spoke about the issues of the day.  Houses, stores, and officers were decorated in his honor, and the Cecil County News reported that a crowd of about 2,000 listened to the speech.

He was then hurried back to the station, returning to the President’s car for a brief rest, the special leaving for Aberdeen as soon as the tracks were clear.

President William Howard Taft speaking from the porch of the Howard Hotel in May 1912.  source:  personal collection.

President William Howard Taft speaking from the porch of the Howard Hotel in May 1912. source: personal collection.

 

 

 

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