In the 1950’s as a Representative, then Senator, JFK lived 2 blocks down N Street and sat in Martin’s Tavern Booth # 1 “The Rumble Seat” reading the Sunday papers with his breakfast after Mass at Holy Trinity. He later moved on to Booth #3 a.k.a. “The Proposal Booth.” JFK and Jackie frequently dined there. On Wednesday, June 24, 1953, having returned from covering the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth for the Washington Times Herald, Jack popped the question in their favorite booth.
Harry Truman, then Senator from Missouri, his wife Bess and daughter Margaret often dined at Martin’s while Margaret attended George Washington University. Margaret wrote 14 mystery novels set in Washington, many mentioning Martin’s Tavern.