September 14, 1917

Woodrow Wilson Walking to dock with WifeAfter visiting Nantucket, United States president Woodrow Wilson and his wife departed early on the yacht Mayflower in 1917. The Wilsons had stopped at Nantucket to bring their daughter, Mrs. Francis B. Sayre, to the island to reunite with her family in Siasconset.

The island didn’t have much warning of Wilson’s visit but still managed to offer him a grand welcome when he arrived on September 13. Schools were cancelled, businesses were closed and most of the town gathered on Steamboat Wharf to cheer the Wilsons when they landed at the Yacht Club pier. The president cheerfully waved his hat and acknowledged the greeting. The party rode to Siasconset in a horse-drawn carriage. At the Sayre cottage, the president and Mrs. Wilson visited with their grandchildren and stayed for dinner. They returned to town by 10:00 p.m. and were again cheered by a crowd as they returned to the Mayflower.


Excerpted from On This Day In Nantucket History
By Amy Jenness
The History Press
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