In Hotel Lobbies

Historical stories from famous Washington, D.C. hotels.

In Hotel Lobbies: Mark Twain at the Willard

The creator of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn was in our city back in December 1906 to participate in the copyright hearings before Congress. The Washington Post mentioned them in in their “People Met in Hotel...
Lou Gehrig in 1939 (NY Daily News)

In Hotel Lobbies: Lou Gehrig Celebrates the New Year in Washington

The Iron Horse himself, Lou Gehrig, was in our city to celebrate the start of a new year in 1929. He was staying at the old Hotel Occidental on Pennsylvania Ave. Lou was quoted in the...
Congressman Joseph G. Cannon (Wikipedia)

In Hotel Lobbies: Speaker Cannon Comments on Congressional Recess

Congressman Joseph G. Cannon of Illinois is considered by many as the most powerful Speaker of the House in American history. From 1903 to 1911 he was a congressman from Illinois, presiding over the United States...
Buffalo Bill (1903)

In Hotel Lobbies: Buffalo Bill at the Willard Hotel

I’ve come across a mountain of great society columns in old Washington ¬†Posts titled “In Hotel Lobbies.” This is going to make for some great material, so I’m kicking off a new category with the same...
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