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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Nellie Grant in the news

We rarely hear anything about our girl Nellie Grant Sartoris Hatch these days. So, we start doing back flips (until our back reminds us of our age and that we're unable to actually do back flips) when her name comes up in conversation, or the news. Like this little tidbit just today in a Washington Post gossip column about Jenna Bush:

According to Carl Sferrazza Anthony , author of 11 books on first families, "you'd have to go back to a young girl who was really popular in her day: the daughter of Ulysses S. Grant ." Like the Bush twins, Nellie Grant was a social live wire who was a magnet for the paparazzi equivalent of the 1870s. She married a prominent Englishman in a splashy White House ceremony and moved across the pond with him -- but that was well before the Secret Service was assigned to guard presidential families.

Link (if you can handle the pop-up ads): Teacher Twin Ready for Takeoff

A couple more White House wild childs, for whom we are especially fond:

In case we haven't mentioned it before, Nellie Grant is buried right here in Oak Ridge Cemetery, thereby explaining our interest in the old gal.

Posted by Marie at June 29, 2006 10:29 PM


OK, next time I'm in Springfield (which will mark my second time in Springfield, ever), I'll be checking out that Lake Springfield Tavern and Nellie Grant's place, too. I've visited her folks' place on the upper west side of New York City -- hiked up there a couple of times with my brother John. Highly recommended.

Posted by: Dan at June 30, 2006 2:07 AM

Dan, Do check in at the cemetery office for her location, because, one, the place is huge, and two, her name isn't on her headstone.

And, apparently the tavern's roof caved in tonight.

Posted by: Marie at June 30, 2006 7:49 PM