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President Ulysses S. Grant was a guest in this room that features a regulation sized pool table that dominates this 18’ by 28’ (504 sq. ft.) space. A king sized bed and sitting area offering a period settee, side chairs and a magnificent carved fireplace with candle inset complete the feel, while a mahogany writing desk commands the bay window over looking Congress Park and the gardens below. The spacious tiled bathroom is a fitting complement with a double size Jacuzzi with mirrored back wall and large walk-in shower. A full cooked to order breakfast is always included!
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History of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and the Batchellers
It is only fitting that the grandest of the guest rooms at the Batcheller Mansion be named in honor of the President who had the greatest influence on the lives of the family.
While the house was under construction, the Batchellers learned that President Grant was planning to visit Saratoga in the summer of 1874. They pressured the contractors to finish the mansion in time for a reception in his honor. While visiting the house, one can imagine a hundred couples, in their finest Victorian apparel, gathered for a reception. Those who stay in The Grant can reflect on the great men who, over the years, gathered here to talk politics, to reflect on public policies, or just to play pool.
The year following the reception, 1875, there was an opening for an American Judge to serve on the newly created International Tribunal in Alexandria, Egypt. Grant selected George Sherman Batcheller to fill the post (a position he would hold through the Hayes & Garfield administrations). This appointment would hurl Batcheller from being a major influence at the state level to being a major power on the international scene.
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