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The White House


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The President of the United States lives in a National Park

Every president except George Washington has called the White House and its surrounding grounds his place of work, rest, and solitude. Recognizable the world around, the White House stands as a symbol of democracy. The White House and its park grounds serve not only as the seat of the executive branch of government of the United States of America, but also as an iconic place for civil discourse. - NPS


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Cobb's Barns, South Truro Painting

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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1792/00/00 George Washington Planning and Construction Supervisor James Hoban wins competition to design the President's House, The White House. The Central portion of White House built 1792-1800. It was planned and constructed under the personal supervision of President George Washington.
1792/00/00 James Hoban Architect James Hoban wins competition to design the President's House, The White House. The Central portion of White House built 1792-1800. It was planned and constructed under the personal supervision of President George Washington.
1800/11/01 John Adams Home John Adams and his wife move into the unfinished brick and stone shell of the White House. The basement, containing work and chamber spaces for cooks, housekeepers and servants, probably seemed more livable than the principal rooms.
1801/03/19 Thomas Jefferson US President Jefferson moves into a shell of a home still smelling of fresh plaster. He soon replaced the outdoor privy with 2 indoor WCs, installed a wine cellar, hung service bells and upgraded the kitchen for his French chef with stew stoves, boilers and ranges.
1801/04/00 Thomas Jefferson US President Thomas Jefferson opens the White House to the public in the spring of 1801.
1803/04/00 Benjamin H Latrobe Architect Latrobe's first project at the White House is to replace a leaking roof of slate that lets buckets of water into the house.
1804/06/00 Benjamin H Latrobe Architect Digging for the west wing begins in the summer. Jefferson proposed attached service wings, expand east and west as needed, or as funded, until they joined the Treasury Department building and the War Department building.
1804/06/00 John Lenthall Builder Digging for the west wing begins in the summer. Jefferson proposed attached service wings, expand east and west as needed, or as funded, until they joined the Treasury Department building and the War Department building.
1804/06/00 Thomas Jefferson Architect Digging for the west wing begins in the summer. Jefferson proposed attached service wings, expand east and west as needed, or as funded, until they joined the Treasury Department building and the War Department building.
1807/00/00 Thomas Jefferson US President Thomas Jefferson made the Entrance Hall of the White House a museum to tell about this mysterious west that so fascinated the public. Artifacts brought back by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and by Zebulon Pike were hung up. Lewis and Clark Expedition
1809/03/04 James Madison 4th President of the United States: 4 March 1809 - 4 March 1817
1809/03/04 Dolley Madison First Lady 4th President of the United States: 4 March 1809 - 4 March 1817
1814/08/23 Dolley Madison Heroine As British troops near, Dolley saves the 8 ft tall Stuart portrait of Washington. Bolted to the wall, she has the frame broken and the canvas rolled up. Two men from New York take it for safe-keeping. Dolley flees with the important papers. George Washington (Lansdowne) Battle of Bladensburg
1814/08/24 British Army Belligerent British troops enjoy feasting on White House food using the presidential silverware and china before burning the President's House. Battle of Bladensburg
1815/00/00 James Hoban Architect The White House's weakened walls are dismantled to the basement level on the E and W sides and on the N except for the central section. Most of the carved trimming, with scorch marks, was re-used. Almost all this was lost during the Truman rebuilding.
1817/10/00 James Monroe Home President James Monroe moves into the new White House in the autumn of 1817.
1820/03/09 Rev William Dickinson Hawley Officiant With 42 guests and no cabinet members invited, James Monroe and Elizabeth Monroe, give away their 17 year-old daughter, Maria Hester, to Samuel L Gouverneur in the Elliptical Saloon (probably), today's Blue Room. Gen Thomas Jesup served as groomsman. Marriage of Maria Hester Monroe and Samuel Lawrence Gouverneur
1820/03/09 James Monroe Father of the Bride With 42 guests and no cabinet members invited, James Monroe and Elizabeth Monroe, give away their 17 year-old daughter, Maria Hester, to Samuel L Gouverneur in the Elliptical Saloon (probably), today's Blue Room. Gen Thomas Jesup served as groomsman. Marriage of Maria Hester Monroe and Samuel Lawrence Gouverneur
1824/00/00 James Hoban Architect The White House South Portico is built. Not altered during the Truman Administration's reconstruction of the building from 1948 to 1952, the original vaulted supports remain unaltered.
1824/11/23 James Monroe US President Lafayette arrives in Washington, DC where he is received at the White House by President James Monroe. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1824/11/23 Marquis de Lafayette Guest of Honor Lafayette arrives in Washington, DC where he is received at the White House by President James Monroe. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1825/09/06 John Quincy Adams US President Lafayette meets with President John Q Adams and celebrates his 68th birthday at a White House banquet with President Adams. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1825/09/06 Marquis de Lafayette Guest of Honor Lafayette meets with President John Q Adams and celebrates his 68th birthday at a White House banquet with President Adams. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1826/11/13 John Quincy Adams Health Dr Parmely presents himself as a dentist and President Adams takes the opportunity to have a decayed tooth drawn. Parmely also scaled off tartar from Adam's lower front teeth, and urged the drawing of another tooth, which Adams postponed till tomorrow.
1826/11/13 Eleazer Parmly Work Dr Parmely presents himself as a dentist and President Adams takes the opportunity to have a decayed tooth drawn. Parmely also scaled off tartar from Adam's lower front teeth, and urged the drawing of another tooth, which Adams postponed till tomorrow.
1830/00/00 Edmund Berkeley Life Mary Donelson, a relative of President Andrew Jackson, and Edmund Berkeley are playmates in the White House.
1830/00/00 James Hoban Architect The White House North Portico is built between 1829 and 1831. Not altered during the Truman reconstruction of the structure, the original vaulted supports remain unchanged.
1830/00/00 Mary Donelson Coffee Life Mary Donelson, a relative of President Andrew Jackson, and Edmund Berkeley are playmates in the White House.
1841/04/04 William Henry Harrison Died On Sunday, President William Harrison dies in The White House. His doctor, Thomas Miller, diagnosed Harrison's cause of death as "pneumonia of the lower lobe of the right lung". The Death of US President William Harrison
1841/04/06 John Tyler US President John Tyler takes the US Presidential Oath of Office, moves into the White House, and assumes full presidential powers, a precedent that would govern future extraordinary successions and eventually become codified in the Twenty-fifth Amendment. The Death of US President William Harrison
1861/03/04 Abraham Lincoln President 16th President of the United States: 4 March 1861 - 15 April 1865
1862/02/05 Mary Todd Lincoln Grieving Mother On the evening of February 5th with Wllie seriously ill, probably from typhoid fever, the Lincolns trudge between his upstairs sickbed and the East Room. The Death of William Lincoln
1862/02/20 William Wallace Lincoln Died On Thursday evening Willie Lincoln passes away. Abraham would say "My poor boy. He was too good for this earth. God has called him home. I know that he is much better off in heaven, but then we loved him so much. It is hard, hard to have him die!" The Death of William Lincoln
1862/02/24 Willie Lincoln's body lays in the Green Room, next door to where Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy would also lie. The Death of William Lincoln
1863/02/13 Charles S Stratton Groom President and Mary Todd Lincoln host a reception for General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren in the East Room of the White House. Marriage of Lavinia Warren and Charles Stratton
1863/02/13 Abraham Lincoln Host President and Mary Todd Lincoln host a reception for General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren in the East Room of the White House. Marriage of Lavinia Warren and Charles Stratton
1865/04/11 John Wilkes Booth Conspiracy leader, assassin Lincoln speaks to a crowd from the window over the main door of the Whitehouse, John Wilkes Booth swears that this will be Lincoln's last speach President Lincoln's Last Public Address Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
1865/04/11 Abraham Lincoln Author Lincoln speaks to a crowd from the window over the main door of the Whitehouse, John Wilkes Booth swears that this will be Lincoln's last speach President Lincoln's Last Public Address Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
1865/04/11 Dr Charles A Leale Witness Lincoln speaks to a crowd from the window over the main door of the Whitehouse, John Wilkes Booth swears that this will be Lincoln's last speach President Lincoln's Last Public Address Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
1865/04/11 Clara Harris Witness Lincoln speaks to a crowd from the window over the main door of the Whitehouse, John Wilkes Booth swears that this will be Lincoln's last speach President Lincoln's Last Public Address Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
1865/04/14 Robert Todd Lincoln Grieving son At the White House, Robert is visiting with his friend John Hay, the president's private secretary. After Robert is told that his father had been shot, he rushes to the Peterson house. Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
1869/02/08 Dr Samuel Mudd Conspirator President Johnson hands Mrs Mudd a pardon for her husband, Dr Mudd Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
1869/02/08 Andrew Johnson President President Johnson hands Mrs Mudd a pardon for her husband, Dr Mudd Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
1881/07/26 James A Garfield Victim Bell uses a metal detector that he invented to try find the bullet in Garfield. He was unsuccessful due, in part, to interference from Garfield's metal bed and Garfield's physician D Willard Bliss insistence of only examining the President's right side. Assassination of James Garfield
1881/07/26 Alexander Graham Bell Inventor Bell uses a metal detector that he invented to try find the bullet in Garfield. He was unsuccessful due, in part, to interference from Garfield's metal bed and Garfield's physician D Willard Bliss insistence of only examining the President's right side. Assassination of James Garfield
1886/06/02 Grover Cleveland Groom Frances Folsom marries Grover Cleveland in the Blue Room of the White House. Marriage of Frances Folsom and Grover Cleveland
1886/06/02 John Philip Sousa Bandleader Frances Folsom marries Grover Cleveland in the Blue Room of the White House. Marriage of Frances Folsom and Grover Cleveland
1886/06/02 Frances Folsom Cleveland Bride Frances Folsom marries Grover Cleveland in the Blue Room of the White House. Marriage of Frances Folsom and Grover Cleveland
1903/02/00 John Singer Sargent Painter At the invitation of Theodore Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent lives in the White House during the month of February to work on Roosevelt's official presidential portrait. Theodore Roosevelt
1903/02/00 Theodore Roosevelt Sitter At the invitation of Theodore Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent lives in the White House during the month of February to work on Roosevelt's official presidential portrait. Theodore Roosevelt
1913/03/04 Woodrow Wilson US President Woodrow Wilson serves as the 28th President of the United States, 1913 to 1921
1915/03/00 Edith Wilson Guest Edith Bolling Galt meets President Woodrow Wilson during tea at the White House. Edith Bolling Galt marries Woodrow Wilson
1915/03/00 Cary Travers Grayson Life Edith Bolling Galt meets President Woodrow Wilson during tea at the White House. Edith Bolling Galt marries Woodrow Wilson
1915/03/21 Woodrow Wilson US President The Birth of a Nation is screened at the White House for President Woodrow Wilson The Birth of a Nation
1915/05/04 Edith Wilson Life Woodrow Wilson sends his Pierce Arrow to Mrs Galt's house to bring her to dinner at the White House. After dining, they sat on the South Portico unchaperoned and Woodrow tells Edith he loves her and ask her to marry him. She turned him down. Edith Bolling Galt marries Woodrow Wilson
1919/10/02 Edith Wilson First Lady Edith Wilson finds the president unconscious on the bathroom floor of their private White House quarters with a cut on his head. Woodrow Wilson had suffered a near-fatal stroke leaving him unable to speak or move. Treaty of Versailles
1919/10/02 Woodrow Wilson Health Edith Wilson finds the president unconscious on the bathroom floor of their private White House quarters with a cut on his head. Woodrow Wilson had suffered a near-fatal stroke leaving him unable to speak or move. Treaty of Versailles
1929/03/04 Herbert Hoover 31st President of the United States: 4 March 1929 - 4 March 1933
1929/03/04 Lou Hoover First Lady 31st President of the United States: 4 March 1929 - 4 March 1933
1932/02/13 Winston Churchill Visitor Churchill is received at the White House by President Hoover. Winston Churchill's 1932 American Tour
1933/03/04 Eleanor Roosevelt First Lady 32nd President of the United States: 4 March 1933 - 12 April 1945
1933/03/04 Franklin Delano Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States: 4 March 1933 - 12 April 1945
1939/06/08 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Host Guests assemble in the White House's East Room before moving to the State Dining Room for dinner, served on a gold table service in use since the Madison administration. King George and Queen Elizabeth Whitehouse Banquet
1939/06/08 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Host Guests assemble in the White House's East Room before moving to the State Dining Room for dinner, served on a gold table service in use since the Madison administration. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Visit America
1939/06/08 King George VI Guests assemble in the White House's East Room before moving to the State Dining Room for dinner, served on a gold table service in use since the Madison administration. King George and Queen Elizabeth Whitehouse Banquet
1939/06/08 Eleanor Roosevelt Hostess Guests assemble in the White House's East Room before moving to the State Dining Room for dinner, served on a gold table service in use since the Madison administration. King George and Queen Elizabeth Whitehouse Banquet
1939/06/08 King George VI Guests assemble in the White House's East Room before moving to the State Dining Room for dinner, served on a gold table service in use since the Madison administration. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Visit America
1939/06/08 Eleanor Roosevelt Hostess Guests assemble in the White House's East Room before moving to the State Dining Room for dinner, served on a gold table service in use since the Madison administration. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Visit America
1946/02/00 Winston Churchill UK Prime Minister January-March. Churchill travels to the United States and Cuba and visits President Truman at the White House. Winston Churchill's 1946 American Tour
1959/05/06 Winston Churchill Speaker Churchill speaks on "Union of the English-Speaking Peoples" at the White House.
1961/01/20 John F Kennedy US President 35th President of the United States 20 January 1961 to 22 November 1963 JFK Presidential Election
1961/01/20 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis First Lady 35th President of the United States 20 January 1961 to 22 November 1963 JFK Presidential Election
1962/02/14 Henry Francis du Pont Head the Fine Arts Committee Jackie Kennedy's televised tour of the Executive Mansion airs on CBS Television, unveiling a major restoration led by the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's Restoration of the White House
1962/02/14 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Preservationist Jackie Kennedy's televised tour of the Executive Mansion airs on CBS Television, unveiling a major restoration led by the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's Restoration of the White House
1963/04/09 Winston Churchill Life After a vote of both houses of Congress, President John F Kennedy confers honorary American citizenship on Winston Churchill. Too ill to attend, Churchill's son Randolph accepts on his behalf at a White House ceremony.
1963/04/09 John F Kennedy US President After a vote of both houses of Congress, President John F Kennedy confers honorary American citizenship on Winston Churchill. Too ill to attend, Churchill's son Randolph accepts on his behalf at a White House ceremony.
1963/06/00 John F Kennedy President Film makers follow JFK during the Integration of the University of Alabama Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
1963/10/21 Ben Bradlee Visitor While having dinner with Ben Bradlee and his wife Tony, JFK ask Jackie to accompany him on a fund raising trip to Dallas, Texas. Assassination of John F Kennedy
1963/10/21 John F Kennedy President While having dinner with Ben Bradlee and his wife Tony, JFK ask Jackie to accompany him on a fund raising trip to Dallas, Texas. Assassination of John F Kennedy
1974/08/22 Gerald R Ford US President In the White House East Room, President Gerald Ford signs the Housing and Community Development Act reducing emphasis on public housing construction and transferring of decision-making from the federal government to state and local governments.
1989/01/20 George H W Bush President 41st President of the United States: 20 January 1989 - 20 January 1993
1993/01/20 William Jefferson Clinton President 42nd President of the United States: 20 January 1993 - 20 January 2001
1997/03/00 William Jefferson Clinton Sugar Daddy 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, enjoys sexual acts with 49-year-old President Bill Clinton 9 times from November 1995 to March 1997.
2001/01/20 George W Bush President 43rd President of the United States: 20 January 2001 - 20 January 2009
2009/01/20 Barack Obama 44th President of the United States: 20 January 2009
2011/07/15 Ruby Bridges Guest Ruby Bridges meets Barack Obama at the White House. While viewing the Norman Rockwell painting of her on display he tells her, "I think it's fair to say that if it hadn't been for you guys, I might not be here and we wouldn't be looking at this together."
2014/02/07 "Burly Cobb's House, South Truro" and "Cobb's Barns, South Truro" are installed at the Oval Office, on loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Cobb's Barns, South Truro
2014/06/06 Yuri Kochiyama Terrorist Supporter We honor the legacy of Yuri Kochiyama ... who dedicated her life to the pursuit of social justice. - Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders September 11th Attacks

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Particulars for The White House:
Area of Significance American Politics
Sight Category Building
Occupation Attribute US President




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