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1888 - The Great Jefferson Cheese

When Thomas Jefferson was chosen President Elder John Leland, a Baptist clergyman of Cheshire, Mass., proposed that his flock should celebrate the victory by making for the new Chief Magistrate the biggest cheese the world has ever seen. Every man and woman who owned a cow was to give for this cheese all the milk yielded on a certain day only - no Federal cow must contribute a drop. A huge cider press was fitted up to make it in, and the appointed day the whole country turned out with pails and tubs of curd, the girls and women in their best gown and ribbons, and the men in their Sunday coats and clean shirt-colors. The cheese was put to press with prayer and hymn singing and great solemnity. When it was well dried it weighed 1,600 pounds. It was placed on a sleigh and Elder John Leland drove with it all the way to Washington. All the country had heard of the big cheese and came out to look at it as the elder drove along.

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