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President Harrison :: superior room   

A superior category room built into the eaves of the house, this room has a queen size bed with antique wooden shell shaped headboard and a bay window with upholstered period furniture as its sitting area. The bath has a tub with a jacuzzi / shower combination and it has an extra roomy closet. Lace curtains complete the look of this special room. This is also the featured room in the movie "The Skeptic". A full cooked to order breakfast is always included!

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History of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison and the Batchellers

Going into the election of 1888 both sides knew the outcome would be dependent on which candidate won New York State. With incumbent Grover Cleveland, a native New Yorker, it would seem that the state would follow its native son. To offset Cleveland’s home field advantage, Levi Morton, a New York City Banker, was nominated Vice President by the Republicans. Batcheller, who was back in the Assembly at the time of the election; worked tirelessly in support of Harrison.

When Harrison won, Batcheller believed he would get a major appointment. He was hoping for Ambassador to Turkey (base of the Ottoman Empire). Eventually Batcheller was given the position of undersecretary of the Treasury. The official Secretary was ill from the beginning and Batcheller was the Acting Secretary of the Treasury from 1889 – 1891. With the debate over whether to leave the gold standard in favor of the silver standard raging, Batcheller was unable to be effective. Eventually he asked for and received the position of Ambassador to Portugal.

The Batcheller women were closely connected to the Harrison women. The connections ran deep with Vice President Levi Morton renting the house in Saratoga across the street from the Batchellers. Harrison’s daughter, who took over as hostess at the White House, would live on Union Avenue.

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