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April 13, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Through an open door came the sound of labored, heavy breathing and groans as President Abraham Lincoln lay dying from a gunshot wound to the head. First lady Mary Todd Lincoln passed from the room into a hallway, moaning with inconsolable grief, "O, my God, and have I given my husband to die?" The long death vigil at the Petersen House in Washington unfolded before James Tanner, who'd been summoned to record the testimony of witnesses to the assassination at Ford's Theatre. Though not widely known, Tanner's shorthand and transcribed cursive from the night of April 14, 1865, and morning of April 15, 1865, survived and are kept in an acid-free box in a vault at the Union League of Philadelphia.
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April 20, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner accepted a high honor from the Union League on Friday night - and, no, he didn't cry. The often tearful Ohio Republican received the Philadelphia institution's Lincoln Award, presented to people of distinction who, through their actions, have significantly contributed to the United States. He entered and left to a standing ovation from about 180 people, and in between delivered 10 minutes of remarks in which he comically described his early upbringing, criticized federal government spending, and complimented the league for its work in preserving history and expanding patriotism.
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July 20, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stanley W. Root Jr., 92, of Chestnut Hill and Naples, Fla., a prominent lawyer, Army veteran, and former president of the Union League of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, July 8, of respiratory failure at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Mr. Root's life revolved around commitment to country, profession, and family. Born at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where his father was stationed as an Army officer, Mr. Root grew up in Chestnut Hill. His mother, Henrietta Brown, was a descendant of Godfryd Lehman, a follower of Francis Daniel Pastorius and an early settler of Germantown.
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April 16, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union League is weighing a bold expansion, from its Broad Street temple to the Civil War's victors - where generations of successful Philadelphians have joined to meet, talk, eat, and drink - with a plan to take over the historic but membership-challenged Torresdale-Frankford Country Club on Grant Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. It has also bought a Shore place, in Stone Harbor. League leaders have called a Wednesday membership meeting to ratify the proposal to take over the 118-year-old golf course and its clubhouse, on 150 acres 14 miles from Center City via I-95 and State Road.
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April 2, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Union League of Philadelphia wants to buy Cherry Hill's bankrupt Woodcrest Country Club and continue to operate it as a golf course, an attorney for the Center Center institution said Monday. Attorney Edmond George told U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Judith H. Wizmur the League intends to bid on what was known as a traditionally Jewish country club when it is sold at public auction, now set for May 20. A Marlton real estate group has already entered into an agreement with a bankruptcy trustee to buy the club for $6.25 million, an offer that will serve as the minimum bid for the auction.
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April 17, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
WITH ITS ORNATE halls, fine dining and strict dress code, the Union League isn't the type of place you'd associate with Pope Francis and his humble vision for Catholicism. But it's exactly the type of place needed to lure deep-pocketed supporters for the not-so-humble endeavor of hosting Francis - and an estimated crowd of more than 1 million people - in Philadelphia next year for the World Meeting of Families. Three weeks after returning from the Vatican to pitch Francis on Philadelphia, organizers of the event pitched 170 wealthy Philadelphians on Francis over breakfast yesterday at the private club, at Broad and Sansom streets.
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November 22, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A noted Philadelphia Republican lobbyist was ordered Thursday to stand trial on sexual-assault charges in a September incident involving a 27-year-old woman. Andrew J. Marsico was held for court on seven counts, including aggravated indecent assault without consent, unlawful restraint, and false imprisonment. A count of reckless endangerment was dismissed by Municipal Court Judge Roger F. Gordon at the end of the preliminary hearing. Defense attorney Fortunato N. Perri Jr. said Marsico "continues to maintain his innocence and plans to clear his good name at trial.
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June 19, 1993 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / CHARLES FOX
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf received the Freedoms Foundation's first annual Pamplin Distinguished Award at the Union League last night. The award honors an outstanding American citizen.
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January 13, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nelson G. Harris, 85, of Lafayette Hill, who retired in 1992 as chairman and chief executive officer of Tasty Baking Co., died Tuesday, Jan. 10, at home of complications from pancreatic cancer. Mr. Harris had two careers at Tasty. He joined the firm as secretary and treasurer in 1959 and, in 1960, was elected Tasty's treasurer and financial vice president. In 1968, Mr. Harris left to become president of the Horn & Hardart Baking Co. He rose to chief executive there.
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July 20, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stanley W. Root Jr., 92, of Chestnut Hill and Naples, Fla., a prominent lawyer, Army veteran, and former president of the Union League of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, July 8, of respiratory failure at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Mr. Root's life revolved around commitment to country, profession, and family. Born at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where his father was stationed as an Army officer, Mr. Root grew up in Chestnut Hill. His mother, Henrietta Brown, was a descendant of Godfryd Lehman, a follower of Francis Daniel Pastorius and an early settler of Germantown.
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April 13, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Through an open door came the sound of labored, heavy breathing and groans as President Abraham Lincoln lay dying from a gunshot wound to the head. First lady Mary Todd Lincoln passed from the room into a hallway, moaning with inconsolable grief, "O, my God, and have I given my husband to die?" The long death vigil at the Petersen House in Washington unfolded before James Tanner, who'd been summoned to record the testimony of witnesses to the assassination at Ford's Theatre. Though not widely known, Tanner's shorthand and transcribed cursive from the night of April 14, 1865, and morning of April 15, 1865, survived and are kept in an acid-free box in a vault at the Union League of Philadelphia.
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March 27, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Gov. Christie, seeking to recover his mojo in the Republican presidential race, raised cash in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening at an event with top party donors. The reception at the Union League in Center City was expected to raise at least $100,000 for Christie's political action committee, Leadership Matters for America, according to Pennsylvania GOP sources. It was the first stop on a swing that will take Christie to Dallas and Houston for a pair of fund-raisers Thursday.
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February 16, 2015
I DO IMMIGRATION law, and a good part of my practice involves asylum and refugee work. For the past 20 years, I've helped beleaguered aliens obtain protection and safe haven in the United States. I've seen it all: Religious, political, social and ethnic persecution, and it's been one of the most rewarding aspects of my job to help a deserving individual establish a new life in this beautiful country. So when I heard that the Democratic National Committee had chosen Philadelphia as the site of the 2016 presidential convention, my first thought was: "Oh, the humanity!"
NEWS
February 10, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tillman Valentine didn't know the hard times he'd face when he enlisted in the Army that morning of June 30, 1863. He was a black man in a country at war with itself over slavery and state's rights. Emotions were running high as Confederate forces invaded Pennsylvania, where a great battle - the bloodiest of the Civil War - was about to be fought at Gettysburg. Valentine bade an affectionate goodbye to his pregnant wife, Annie, and their three children in West Chester and headed to Camp William Penn, the first and largest federal training ground for black soldiers, just north of Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As RadioShack and other troubled chains weigh plans for closing stores across the United States, others see an opportunity to grab new locations. "We have a lease" to take over one of the 29 Philadelphia-area RadioShack stores, and are negotiating for others from Boston to Austin, Texas, says Todd Leff , chief executive of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spas , a 200-store franchise based in Hamilton, N.J. The chain has 35 locations in the Philadelphia area...
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November 22, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A noted Philadelphia Republican lobbyist was ordered Thursday to stand trial on sexual-assault charges in a September incident involving a 27-year-old woman. Andrew J. Marsico was held for court on seven counts, including aggravated indecent assault without consent, unlawful restraint, and false imprisonment. A count of reckless endangerment was dismissed by Municipal Court Judge Roger F. Gordon at the end of the preliminary hearing. Defense attorney Fortunato N. Perri Jr. said Marsico "continues to maintain his innocence and plans to clear his good name at trial.
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August 22, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writers
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, bruited as a possible 2016 Republican presidential contender, said Wednesday night that he wished his former running mate, Mitt Romney, would undertake a third campaign for the White House. "He has what it takes," Ryan said during an appearance at the Union League to promote a book, one of the prerequisites of a modern candidacy. "He has the intellect. He has the principles and the integrity, so I would love it. " Ryan added that Romney has said he's not interested, but "I tell him all the time" that he should run. Ryan was the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee on the ticket with Romney.
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June 11, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
As many as 1,000 protesters, many angry about school funding, blocked traffic and waved signs in Center City on Monday afternoon, hoping to disrupt or at least deflect attention from a fund-raising stop by Govs. Corbett and Christie. "Our members are here because they're being mistreated," said Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Six people were arrested for obstructing the highway - a summary offense - after sitting down on 17th Street. Police did not use handcuffs as they led them away.
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April 17, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
WITH ITS ORNATE halls, fine dining and strict dress code, the Union League isn't the type of place you'd associate with Pope Francis and his humble vision for Catholicism. But it's exactly the type of place needed to lure deep-pocketed supporters for the not-so-humble endeavor of hosting Francis - and an estimated crowd of more than 1 million people - in Philadelphia next year for the World Meeting of Families. Three weeks after returning from the Vatican to pitch Francis on Philadelphia, organizers of the event pitched 170 wealthy Philadelphians on Francis over breakfast yesterday at the private club, at Broad and Sansom streets.
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