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A standard sized bedroom designed in reds and pinks. This elegant room features a brass queen size bed and a view of historic Congress Park. The bath occupies the third floor circular tower room complete with pedestal sink, vanity and chair, and spacious walk-in shower.
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History of U.S. President William McKinley and the Batchellers

President McKinley took office in 1897, just in time to call on Judge Batcheller to help resolve a dilemma with the international mail.

Today we send a letter to Berlin anticipating that it will be transported first to England then by rail to Germany. We never think about which country receives what portion of the postage.

Prior to railroads, most international mail (and there wasn’t much) was placed on a ship bound for the country to which it was addressed. With the expansion of steam powered railroads and steamships in the 1900s, most mail bound for Europe was landing in either England or France and then it was transported by rail. There was a major international dispute over the portion of the revenue of the mails that countries would receive which were only serving as transport.

In 1897, an international conference involving over 140 countries was convened to resolve the issue. On the first ballot, America’s delegate, Judge Batcheller, was elected chairman. He delivered his acceptance speech in French. In less than six weeks the issue was resolved. So grateful were the countries that five awarded medals to Batcheller. These are the medals he is wearing in his portrait.

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