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Will Trump Put Bedminster in the History Books?

President Warren G. Harding signed the Knox-Porter Resolution ending our involvement in World War I in Somerset County in 1921 Credits: Borough of Raritan
Plaque commemorating the signing of the Knox-Porter Resolution. This plaque is located in the Borough of Raritan. Credits: TAP into Somerset Hills
President Donald J. Trump Credits: White House

BEDMINSTER NJ - Yesterday Vice President Mike Pence joined President Trump at Trump National for a working lunch.  Since January, Bedminster has seen regular visits from dignitaries, and a string of high-level meetings.   This all begs the question:  Will an historic event take place in Bedminster?  

If Trump makes history in Bedminster, it will not be the first time that a president made history in Somerset County.  Nearly one hundred years ago, President Warren G. Harding ended United States involvement in World War I about eight miles south of the club.

No, the Treaty of Versailles was not signed in Somerset County.  History buffs know that the United States Senate did not ratify the Treaty of Versailles.  The Treaty of Versailles ended World War One, brining peace to war-torn Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  The treaty also established the League of Nations.  

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Senators in both politial parties were concerned about United States involvement in the League of Nations, and the powers that the Treaty of Versailles granted to the League.  There was enough opposition that the Senate voted twice whether to ratify the treaty, and twice the vote failed.

After the second failure, the House and Senate passed the Knox-Porter Resolution, which officially ended United States hositilies with the Central Powers.  

President Harding was visiting Senator Frelinghuysen at his estate, most of which was located in modern day Raritan Borough.  After the resolution arrived, Harding signed it in a formal ceremony in Frelinghuysen's home.  

A plaque commemorating the historic moment stands at the entrance to the Burger King located above the Somerville Circle in Raritan Borough.  Raritan Borough dedicates an entire page of its website to Senator Frelinghuysen, and the signing of what some locals call "The Treaty of Raritan".

Will there be a "Treaty of Bedminster" during the next four to eight years?  Only time will tell.

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