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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1824/00/00 Dr Joseph Lovell Home Built for Dr Joseph Lovell
1829/00/00 Andrew Jackson US President President Andrew Jackson stops holding Cabinet meetings when infighting made the group ineffectual. 1829 to 1831, his unofficial advisors, mocked as the "Kitchen Cabinet", met at Blair's house. Preston's teenage daughter Elizabeth often served as scribe.
1836/12/00 Francis Preston Blair Home Francis Preston Blair buys the Lovell House from Surgeon General Joseph Lovell for $6,500.
1837/00/00 Eliza Gist Blair Home Eliza and Francis Blair make a home on Lafayette Square.
1850/05/01 William T Sherman Groom Eleanor Boyle Ewing marries William Tecumseh Sherman in a ceremony at Blair House. Thomas Ewing (the bride's father and the groom's foster father), is renting Blair House at the time. Marriage of Ellen Ewing and William Tecumseh Sherman
1850/05/01 Zachary Taylor Guest Eleanor Boyle Ewing marries William Tecumseh Sherman in a ceremony at Blair House. Thomas Ewing (the bride's father and the groom's foster father), is renting Blair House at the time. Marriage of Ellen Ewing and William Tecumseh Sherman
1859/00/00 Samuel Phillips Lee Home Francis Blair builts 'Lee' house at 1653 Pennsylvania Ave for daughter Elizabeth and her husband, now part of Blair House
1859/00/00 Elizabeth Blair Lee Home Francis Blair builts 'Lee' house at 1653 Pennsylvania Ave for daughter Elizabeth and her husband, now part of Blair House
1861/04/18 Robert E Lee Rebel In the office, just inside the Blair House front door, Francis P Blair, acting on Lincoln's orders, offers Colonel of the 2nd Cavalry, Robert E Lee command of the Union Army. Lee declined. Beginning of the American Civil War
1861/12/21 David Farragut Union Commander At Blair House, Captain Farragut dines and agrees to command the assault on New Orleans, his hometown, so earnest and enthusiastic, that Assistant Secretary Fox unhesitatingly exhibits a list of the vessels which were being prepared for the expedition. Capture of New Orleans
1950/11/01 Ben Bradlee Witness Two Puerto Rican pro-independence terroist attempt to assasinate President Harry S Truman at Blair House
1950/11/01 Harry S Truman President Two Puerto Rican pro-independence terroist attempt to assasinate President Harry S Truman at Blair House

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Particulars for Blair House:
Sight Category Building
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Institutional housing
Level of Significance National
Area of Significance Politics-government
Historic Use Single dwelling



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000963
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Other Certification: Additional documentation, Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Politics-government
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1826
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Institutional housing
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Institutional housing

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