I knew that the building was originally constructed in the late 18th century as the residence of Thomas Jenkins, said to be the richest of the Proprietors, the founders of Hudson. I knew that when Thomas Jenkins died in 1808, at the age of 67, his brother Elisha, who inherited the house, divided it into two houses, and Thomas's widow lived in the east half.
I knew that in 1848 Elizabeth and Sophia Peake established the Hudson Seminary for Young Ladies in the west half of the building. I knew that in 1881 George Power, the richest man in Hudson in his time, moved into the east half of the house. I knew that in 1894 the west half of the building became a hotel called Graceland, and I knew that sometime in the 20th century the name was changed to Howard Hotel and remained so until 1944.
But it wasn't until I discovered this little item in the Columbia Republican for January 28, 1919, that I knew when the building transitioned from being Graceland to being the Howard Hotel or that it was ever claimed the eighth president of the United States had lived in the house.
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