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John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

WHITE HOUSE TRIVIA


George Washington never lived in the White House. He passed away in late 1799, one year before John Adams became the first president to live in the building.

Only small parts of the original White House remains. After the British burned the original White House in 1814 most of the walls were later replaced although some exterior stone walls survived the fire. A second big fire at the White House happened on Christmas Eve in 1929 that gutted parts of the West Wing and Oval Office during the Herbert Hoover administration. Hoover left a Christmas party to personally direct the firefighting efforts, helped by Ulysses S. Grant III, a city official. The blaze was started by a blocked fireplace flue.

Teddy Roosevelt created the West Wing. He had some conservatories on the property leveled and connected what had been temporary offices to the main White House using a colonnaded gallery. The West Wing was expanded under William Howard Taft and Franklin D Roosevelt.

In 1948 President Harry S. Truman wanted to expand and upgrade the White House but engineers discovered it was structurally unsound and close to falling down. A rebuilding budget was created and the project was completed in 1952.

The White House is missing its cornerstone. Any anniversary of the White House wouldn’t be complete without the story of its missing cornerstone. On that fateful day

In October 1792, a group of Freemasons met at a Georgetown tavern and then walked to the proposed site of the president’s mansion. (The White House) Once there they held a small ceremony and placed an inscribed cornerstone to mark the start of the House’s construction. Finished with their work they returned to the tavern and got drunk and forgot where they had placed the stone. President Truman tried to find the stone during the renovation period, but to no avail.


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