Alabama Historical Commission to celebrate war hero nicknamed 'America's Most Kissed Man' on Valentine's Day
GREENSBORO, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Historical Commission is using Valentine's Day to celebrate a war hero who became known as "America's Most Kissed Man."
Lt. Richmond Pearson Hobson led an attempt to sink the USS Merrimac in 1898 to block Cuba's Santiago Harbor during the Spanish-American War. He and others were captured. After his release, the Navy sent the young, handsome war hero on a national tour, where women flocked to see him. Newspaper accounts say one public kiss led to another until he reportedly kissed as many as 500 women at one stop. He soon had a candy named after him called "Hobson Kisses."
The Historical Commission maintains Hobson's Greek Revival home, Magnolia Grove, in Greensboro. The commission is giving a candy treat to anyone touring the home between Valentine's Day and Memorial Day.