The Atlanta Constitution reported:
Presidentelect William H. Taft landed here shortly before 3 o'clock
this afternoon from Panama, and was most enthusiastically received by the entire city, whose guest he is to be until Saturday.
Taft visits New Orleans (February 11-12, 1909)
President-Elect William Howard Taft spent two days in New Orleans
during Mardi Gras, 1909, on his way back from a ten-day trip to Panama, where plans for canal construction were underway.
While in town, Taft was paraded down Canal Street, made a speech at City Hall (where this photograph was taken), attended
the Elves of Oberon ball one night and a sumptuous banquet the next, played golf at the New Orleans Country Club, spoke to
a crowd of African-American citizens at Pelican Park, and visited the veterans at the Confederate Soldier's home. The
President would visit again that year, on Halloween. http://www.nutrias.org/~nopl/monthly/mar2002/taft.htm
[Feb 12, 1909] Falks
Says Engineers Will Report That Canal Plans Are All Right--Hitchcock in New Orleans to Meet Taft--Entry Into
City Was Picturesque. Taft Hears of Knox. ... TAFT WELCOMED BY NEW ORLEANS Picturesque Entry
Into City. Taft Dances; Mrs. Taft, Too. Taft Recoganizes Old Friends. ...
From TAFT WELCOMED BY NEW ORLEANS
- Atlanta Constitution
TAFT ENJOYS FEAST OF CREOLE LUXURIES; Meets Leading Men of Louisiana at the $25 Banquet in New Orleans. MGR. GIBBONS
PRAISES HIM Negroes Hear Him at Ball Park -- Will Go to Cincinnati and to Washington Monday.
Feb. 12. -- President-elect Taft enjoyed distinctive New Orleans hospitality to-day and to-night. His morning was devoted
to the negroes, his afternoon to leisure and recreation, and the evening to Creole banquet. He was toasted by the Governor,
the Mayor, by citizens of prominence, and speakers of reputation.
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