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In the late 1700’s the manager of Baltimore’s largest hotel refused lodging to a man dressed like a farmer because they thought this fellow’s appearance would ruin the reputation of the inn. Later that evening, the innkeeper discovered that he had turned away none other than Thomas Jefferson, then Vice President. Immediately the manager sent a note and asked Jefferson to come back and be his guest. Jefferson replied by saying, “Tell him I already have a place to stay. I value his good intentions, but if he has no place for a dirty American farmer, he has none for the Vice President of the United States.”

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