Most wars have two endings - the end of hostilities, and the signing of a treaty. Such is the case with the Great War of 1914-1918 which formally ended on July 2, 1921, in Raritan, New Jersey.
|3 July 1921 New Brunswick Sunday Times|
|The Frelinghuysen Mansion circa 1891 -|
P.C. Richard & Son is on the site today
With the July 4th holiday falling on a Monday in 1921, the President came north to enjoy a long weekend of golf in the country. On July 2nd he received word that a messenger was on his way carrying the Knox-Porter Resolution - the document that officially ended America's role in World War I.
|10 July 1921 Home News|
Harding signed the resolution with little fanfare in the Frelinghuysen mansion, surrounded by family, friends, aides, and a few politicians. Afterward, reporters were eager to ask the President about the big prize-fight the previous evening with Jack Dempsey retaining his world championship. Harding seemed oblivious to the bout the whole country was talking about, asking, "Was it a good fight?"
|19 July 1921 Home News|
|8 July 1921 Morning News|
|8 July 1921 Home News|
|27 August 1957 Courier News|
|The original concept for Raritan shopping center|
Less than three weeks into the demolition, the house - which was built in 1874 and also visited by presidents Taft, Coolidge, and Hoover, was struck by an arsonist.
|12 September 1957 Courier News|