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Although millions of Americans can find their ancestors on the passenger manifests of the ships that arrived through the Port of New York and Ellis Island, many may be surprised to learn that prominent Americans traveled aboard those same ships, albeit not in steerage. These passengers included corporate barons, diplomats, actors, and prominent members of society, as well as U.S. Presidents. Also sailing on the ships were international figures, who may have been touring the United States or passing through the Port of New York on their way to another destination. A variety of these people--immigrants, international travelers and Americans--are featured here among our Famous Passengers.
September 27th, 1924
Maj. Dwight D. Eisenhower
From 1922 to 1924 Dwight D. Eisenhower served as executive officer to Brigadier General Fox Conner, Army commander at the Panama Canal Zone. General Connor's mentoring of Eisenhower had an impact on his military thinking and the advancement of his military career. In September 1924, Eisenhower returned to the United States for his next assignment as Recreation Officer at the Third Corps Area headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. Eisenhower, his wife Mamie, and their young son, John, returned from the Panama Canal Zone on the Cristobal, arriving in New York on September 27, 1924.
October 9th, 1947
Richard M Nixon
Richard M. Nixon, a freshman Congressman from California, traveled to Europe in the fall of 1947 as one of the 19 members of the Herter Committee. This committee, headed by Christian Herter of Massachusetts, was tasked to gather information and prepare a report based on the feasibility and efficacy of Secretary of State, General George C. Marshall’s proposed post-war foreign aid plan. Nixon sailed home on the R.M.S. Queen Mary, arriving October 9, 1947.
October 16th, 1947
John F Kennedy
John F. Kennedy, a freshman Congressman from Massachusetts, traveled to Ireland in the fall of 1947 to visit his sister Kathleen “Kick” and other relatives. When his health suddenly deteriorated, he was hospitalized in London. Doctors diagnosed him with Addison’s disease, giving him less than a year to live. Jack Kennedy sailed home on the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth for further medical attention in Boston, arriving October 16, 1947.
June 18th, 1910
After his term was over in 1909, Teddy Roosevelt and his son, Kermit, embarked on an African safari, which he later described in his book, "African Game Trails." Following the safari, he and Kermit joined their family in Europe for a six-month "grand tour." President Roosevelt and his family boarded the Kaiserin Auguste Victoria in Southampton, England on June 10, 1910, arriving in New York eight days later.
January 27th, 1921
William H. Taft
William H. Taft, who would be appointed Chief Justice of the United States in 1921 by President Harding, left in late December 1920 with his wife, Helen, for a two-month stay in Bermuda. But circumstances intervened when Taft was suddenly called home to help arbitrate the bankrupt Grand Trunk Railway takeover by the Canadian government. Just a month into their Bermudan visit, President Taft and Mrs. Taft departed Hamilton on the Fort Victoria and arrived in New York on January 27, 1921.
September 19th, 1905
Franklin Roosevelt married Eleanor Roosevelt in New York City on St. Patrick's Day 1905. Since FDR was attending law school at Columbia University, the newlyweds delayed their honeymoon until the summer, when they took an extended vacation to Europe. The future four-term President and First Lady returned from their honeymoon on the Kronprinz Wilhelm, entering New York Harbor on September 19, 1905.
May 3rd, 1917
Herbert Clark Hoover
During World War I Herbert Hoover worked in Europe with the Committee for Relief of Belgium to feed the country's citizens, who were suffering under German occupation and a British blockade. But when the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, President Wilson summoned him home to become U.S. Food Administrator, where Hoover would provide food to sustain the war effort both at home and abroad. Herbert Hoover arrived in New York on the Philadelphia on May 3, 1917.
December 16th, 1912
Woodrow Wilson was elected President on November 5, 1912, defeating President William Howard Taft (Republican), former president Theodore Roosevelt (Progressive) and Eugene Debs (Socialist). After the election but prior to his March 1913 inauguration, President-elect Wilson, a Democrat who was then Governor of New Jersey, vacationed in Bermuda with his family. They returned on the Bermudian through New York Harbor on December 16, 1912.
If you know the details for another U.S President or other Ellis Island immigrant worthy of consideration for this list, please contact us with passenger name, date of arrival, name of ship and other details.
Presidential Portraits from www.whitehouse.gov .