Lobby

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A lobby can be:

The former term led to the latter term, as those trying to change the laws often gather in the lobby of a capitol, to catch legislators as they come and go about their business.

(Ed. note: The first use of "lobbyist" has been attributed to a U.S. president, sometime around 1837. It seems impossible to find any info to confirm or refute this however. Can anyone else find anything on this?)

The term lobbyist was coined by President Ulysses Grant, who, while seeking seclusion in the lobby of the Willard InterContinental Washington hotel to enjoy some peace, was kept being approached by people seeking his ear.[1] (http://walkerrowe.com/willard.html)

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