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On May 18, 1954, a great celebration took place in Charlotte in commemoration of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence 179 years earlier. In order to make the event all the more special, prominent Charlotteans including A. Grant Whitney, Victor Shaw, and Mayor Philip Lance Van Every invited President Eisenhower to attend the day's festivities. He accepted, and the event he attended was an altogether special day for the city of Charlotte.
A number of U.S. Presidents have visited Charlotte in years past. George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy, and others at one point stopped by this New South City. Some came to campaign, hoping to engage Southern voters. Others came as part of a holiday honoring the history of the purported signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775. Whatever the event or occasion, each visit was unique and added to the rich history of Charlotte.