Presidents In Pacific Grove?


Written by Matthew Mendez, Historian

Nestled amidst the scenic coastline of California’s world-renowned Central Coast, Pacific Grove has long attracted the likes of not just famous artists and businessmen but, various Presidents as well. Pacific Grove’s first presidential visit occurred in 1891, with President Benjamin Harrison traveling through the former Methodist retreat on 30 April 1891. Later, in 1901, President William Mckinley traveled to Pacific Grove, delivering a speech from his carriage on Lighthouse Avenue dedicated to the thirty-fourth encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization composed of veterans from the United States Army, The United States Navy, the Marines and the United States Revenue Cutter Service. A visit to First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove soon followed. President Theodore Roosevelt followed in 1903, renowned for his horseback trek from the Del Monte Hotel to Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach’s Seventeen Mile Drive. With its beautiful coastline and rich history, Pacific Grove continues to attract thousands of visitors each year, both influential and common alike.


President Theodore Roosevelt in PG!