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This $1.7M Bethesda single-family home once housed a controversial politician, Pulitzer Prize winner

Wraparound porch, long history, and more included

All photos via TTR Sotheby's International Realty

For $1,799,000, homebuyers have the chance to purchase a home once owned by a controversial politician and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Behind the 1901 construction of this Bethesda, Maryland, house was Galen L. Tait, a land developer, lawyer, and collector of internal revenue in Maryland. As a member of the Republican Party in Maryland, he was also “one of the most controversial figures in Maryland political history,” according to his 1953 obit in the Washington Evening Star. The Washington Post reported that Tait later was Maryland’s Republican chairman from 1914 to 1934 and then again from 1942 to 1948.

After Tait’s death, the new owners of the house became his daughter, Beatrice, and her husband, C.P. “Peck” Trussell, who worked as a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. From 1946 to 1949, Trussell also worked as governor of the National Press Club.

Inside, homebuyers will find handcrafted plaster moldings, multiple fireplaces, and spaces for a library, media room, and office. There are also stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, a wraparound porch outside, and hardwood flooring throughout. Multiple fireplaces are also included.

The 4,655-square-foot property houses six bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms.

4900 Western Avenue [TTR Sotheby's International Realty]

Bethesda house was home to politics and a Pulitzer [The Washington Post]