whitehouse1868What facts and history of the White House do you know? In 1790, President George Washington declared the federal government should reside “not exceeding ten miles square…on the river Potomac.”  Then with Pierre L’Enfant, they chose the now 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue location for the White House and planned the future federal city around it.

The first White House cornerstone was laid in 1792 but construction continued for nearly eight years before it was almost complete. The first White House residents were President John Adams and his wife Abigail. More facts and history of the White House include the two fires it survived: first in 1814 during the War of 1812 and a West Wing fire in 1929.

The first Presidential Inauguration held at the White House was in 1805 by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was also the first to open the White House to free public tours which continues to this day.


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