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Martin’s Tavern is an historic dining establishment in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC., where many presidents have enjoyed its cuisine. Perhaps its most popular booth is the one where John F. Kennedy proposed marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier.

The restaurant, however, is also a notable literary landmark as the setting of many of the novels written by Margaret Truman, who authored more than 30 books, including a biography of her mother.

Read more about Margaret Truman at biography.com. She was the daughter (and only child) of President Harry S Truman who frequented the restaurant with his wife Bess and daughter in the 1940s, when Margaret was a student at George Washington University.

Harry S Truman was president at the time that his daughter graduated from George Washington University, and he delivered the commencement address.

(Read more about Kennedy through his page on our Massachusetts page.)

Martin’s Tavern is the first stop on our District of Columbia Trail!

Patricia Smart