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Knapsack: Presidential groundbreaking presence

Hello, President Biden, it was nice to have you in Licking County!

I’m not quite sure on this, but I know we had Abraham Lincoln give a speech on Feb. 14, 1860 on his way to inauguration, from a train car just south of downtown Newark.

Other than that, which other presidents have we had in the area? In terms of “while serving” he’s on a short list. Presidents Obama and Trump certainly flew over — can’t miss the distinctive look of Air Force One, let alone the fighter escort — but didn’t visit on the ground.

Andrew Johnson came shortly after Lincoln’s assassination, and others have told that story at length, but it was another whistle stop more than formal event with “boots on the ground.”

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