James Wormley

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James Wormley (January 16, 1819 - October 18, 1884) [1] was the owner and operator of the Wormley Hotel, which opened in Washington D.C. in 1871. He was widely reported in 1865 to be at the bedside of Abraham Lincoln when he died.[2]

The hotel was the site of the Wormley Agreement, which resolved the disputed presidential election of 1876, contested between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden.[3]

Wormley died on October 18, 1884. He was interred at Columbian Harmony Cemetery in Washington, D.C.[4]

Wormley's life and achievements were featured in a Washington Post article "A Hotel for the History Books" by Nicholas E. Hollis, March 18, 2001. Nicholas Hollis also addressed the American Bar Association, and other audiences while launching a special recognition project honoring Wormley.

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  1. ^ Goethe-Institut Washington - Virtual Tour - Portrait of James Wormley
  2. ^ Miller, Cheryl. "Francis Donates Wormley Portrait." Washington History. 4:2 (Fall/Winter 1992/1993), pp. 88-90, 88.
  3. ^ Bennett, Jr., Lerone. "Black Power In Dixie." Ebony. July 1962, p. 90.
  4. ^ "Funeral of the Late James Wormley." Washington Post. October 21, 1884.