Building the West Wing

Building the West Wing

William B. Bushong, Chief Historian, White House Historical Association More than one hundred years ago President Theodore Roosevelt transformed the White House home and office of the president. The president’s architects, the New York firm of McKim, Mead & White, …

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Noah Brooks and the Lincoln White House

Noah Brooks and the Lincoln White House

Joel D. Treese, Senior Research Associate, White House Historical Association Although President Abraham Lincoln had friends and supporters in the press such as Pennsylvania newspaper editor John Forney; Henry J. Raymond, editor and owner of the New York Times; and …

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Glimpses of the Old Family Dining Room

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William B. Bushong, Chief Historian, White House Historical Association The Family Dining Room on the State Floor of the White House today is used primarily for smaller formal dinners and working lunches. The space, adjacent to the State Dining Room, …

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Unbuilt White Houses of the Nineteenth Century

Unbuilt White Houses of the Nineteenth Century

William B. Bushong, Chief Historian, White House Historical Association Throughout the latter half of the nineteenth century, several major proposals were made to alleviate crowding at the White House by erecting a new residence for the president and converting the …

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Reflections: A Secret Garden

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Stewart D. McLaurin, President, White House Historical Association White House Historical Association President Stewart D. McLaurin initiated his column, Reflections, in the latest issue of the Association’s journal, White House History, honoring presidential kin. Tucked away on the South Lawn, behind a …

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President Lincoln’s Christmas Gift, 1864

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By Evan Phifer One hundred fifty years ago this winter, the United States experienced its last holiday season of the Civil War. For the past three Decembers, President Abraham Lincoln had been frustrated by defeats on the battlefield and the …

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Presidents and College Football, A History

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Joel D. Treese Nearly 150 years after its beginnings college football season is in full swing. The sport has attracted countless players and even more fans, and presidents have belonged to the ranks of both. Although Theodore Roosevelt never played …

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