Early Settlers of
Their Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Lifting the Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
You, as I, probably read the recent threat made by the terrorists to "destroy the White House," which they termed the bastion of evil and lies.
In such a light, one of the
buildings of American government is seen in the eyes of our enemies.
measures have been greatly increased. Since
November 17 is a significant
for the White House and for
Let us review how
President George Washington
signed an Act
of Congress in December 1790. Within the act was this designation: that
The Frenchman, Pierre L'Enfant,
planner, worked with President Washington to choose the site and lay it
the various government buildings. The house for the president would be
what has become a familiar address:
As the new federal city began to take form, a competition for plans and building of the White House was announced. Nine different architects submitted their proposals. The plans of Irish-born James Hoban were accepted and he won a gold medal, as well as the go-ahead, for his design. Built into it were both practicality and stately appearance.
The cornerstone was laid in
President Washington himself oversaw much of the construction of the
Although he would never live in it, he had a deep-seated interest that
be a worthy residence for the leader of the
Although the house was not
President John Adams and his wife Abigail moved in on
The White House has survived
catastrophes. During what history terms the War of 1812, the British
to the residence in 1814 when James Madison was president. A fire broke
the West Wing in 1929 when Herbert Hoover was president. Following
II, when President Truman was in office, a major renovation and
overhaul of the
house was done. The Trumans lived during this period in the Blair House
The majestic residence has had
names. Known first as the "President's Palace," next as the
"President's House," third as the "
Today, although security is
On this 206th anniversary of the White House, we as citizens should take pride in its stately elegance. We can visit it to get a feel of the edifice that was conceived in the mind of our first president who rejected being made a king and wanted only representative government "of, by, and for the people."
Jones; published Nov. 16, 2006 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville,
Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Updated August 12, 2009