Presidents at the Gunter Hotel

In honor of President’s Day we want to share with our guests some amazing piece of history. In the 109 years the hotel has been in operation, we’ve had our fair share of important people pass through. Some actors, some socialites, and some politicians, more specifically, United States presidents.

President Franklin Roosevelt

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States.

President Harry Truman

President Harry S. Truman

President Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States.

President Truman visited San Antonio during his 1948 Presidential Campaign. He stayed in the Presidential Suite on the then 12-floor of the Gunter Hotel.

Although he didn’t stay at the hotel, President John F. Kennedy did drive by in his motorcade during his 1963 San Antonio visit, just one day before his assassination in Dallas.

Photograph a part of the UTSA Special Digital Collection. (MS 360: E-009-140-D-15)

Photograph a part of the UTSA Special Digital Collection. (MS 360: E-009-140-D-15)

First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Lady Bird Johnson have also stayed at the hotel.

Besides presidents, we’ve had several governors and dignitaries walk through our doors.

Former Texas Governor James E. Ferguson visited with his wife and daughters in December of 1924.

Photo courtesy of the UTSA Digital Archives Collection.

Photo courtesy of the UTSA Special Digital Collection.

In 1942 Lord Halifax, the British Ambassador to the United States, stopped by for a press conference.

Photo courtesy of the UTSA Special Digital Collection.

Photo courtesy of the UTSA Special Digital Collection.

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