Tea in Ohio
Do rock and roll Hall of Fame celebrities drink tea?
Of course they do.
Just ask Mick Jagger and other British stars!
And, you know that the state that gave Americans seven US presidents, all of them tea-drinkers, has got to have some famous tearooms.
Ulysses S. Grant drank tea with the Viceroy of China and the Emperor of Japan.
A Rutherford B. Hayes appointee, William LeDuc, Commissioner of Agriculture, started a two hundred experimental tea farm at Middleton Plantations near Charleston, South Carolina, where the first tea plant in America had been planted.
James A. Garfield was partial to tea and left recipes for spice tea and herbal tea.
Benjamin Harrison shared tea and cookies with his grandchildren at the White House.
William McKinley was featured in an advertisement for tea from India with Queen Victoria on the back cover of the 1897 Ladies Home Journal.
William H. Taft, who served as President and Supreme Court Justice, attended afternoon teas with congressional wives. Mrs. Taft encouraged planting thousands of flowering cherry trees in Washington D.C.
During the visit of a group of seventh grade school children, Warren G. Harding and Mrs. Harding invited them to share cookies and tea in the East Room of the White House. They also made sure to include US military veterans in the garden tea parties.
Tea services and teaware used by all these presidents are displayed in various historical societies and Presidential homes.
Not modern enough for you?
Paul Newman (born in Shaker Heights) created his own line of organically grown tea for sale.
And maybe the technology wasn’t yet developed for John Glenn (first American to orbit the earth and oldest man traveling in outer space) or Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon), but modern astronauts can drink green tea in outer space, at least on the International Space Station.
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This page was last updated by Sharon Jones on March 14, 2013.
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