Pages Through the Ages Discussion: "The President Is a Sick Man"

Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Discuss The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth by Matthew Algeo.

On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland boarded a friend’s yacht and was not heard from for five days. During that time, a team of doctors removed a cancerous tumor from the president’s palate along with much of his upper jaw. When an enterprising reporter named E. J. Edwards exposed the secret operation, Cleveland denied it and Edwards was consequently dismissed as a disgrace to journalism. Twenty-four years later, one of the president’s doctors finally revealed the incredible truth, but many Americans simply would not believe it. After all, Grover Cleveland’s political career was built upon honesty—his most memorable quote was “Tell the truth”—so it was nearly impossible to believe he was involved in such a brazen cover-up. This is the first full account of the disappearance of Grover Cleveland during that summer more than a century ago.

Location: The McCall Room

Community Partner: The Westport Historical Society. See the exhibit, Taking the Cure: Public Health 1880-1960, Thursday, August 15 - Sunday, November 17, 2019

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

Room 216 (McCall Room)
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