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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A mansion on Charleston's Battery that was a renowned hotel in the first half of the 20th Century has been sold for $3 million.

The price is not a record for a Battery home, but The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/S82oks ) the 117-year-old building at 4 South Battery served as a hotel from 1905 to 1953.

During its use as a hotel, the building welcomed presidents William Howard Taft, Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt. Others who stayed there include Eleanor Roosevelt as well as writers Sinclair Lewis and Gertrude Stein and inventors Henry Ford and Alexander Graham Bell.

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