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        The First State Dinner

        On December 12, 1874, President Ulysses S. Grant held a dinner honoring King David Kalakaua of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Hawai’i was in the midst of a depression, and Kalakaua and other representatives of Hawai’i traveled to the United States to negotiate a treaty, signed on January 30, 1875, that allowed Hawaiian goods to be imported tax-free into the United States.

        The Arrival at the White House

        The arrival of guests to the White House on December 12, 1874, for the first State Dinner held by President Ulysses S. Grant honoring King David Kalakaua of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

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        King Kalakaua

        King David Kalakaua of the Kingdom of Hawaii

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        President Grant receiving the King

        The President Receiving the King in the Blue Room of the White House

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        Formal Visit from King Kalakaua

        King Kalakaua and Suite Paying a Formal Visit to the President in the Blue Room [depicted in the East Room] of the White House

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