Although George Washington selected the site of the White House in 1791, he never lived there. As of 2014, he is the only president who did not reside in the White House.Know More
John Adams and his family were the first presidential family to live in the White House. In 1814, the British set the house on fire; it was rebuilt. In 1817, James Monroe moved in. Harry S. Truman began the restoration of the White House and moved back into the White House in 1952.
Under some presidents, the White House went through construction that did not require the First Family to move out. Theodore Roosevelt had the president's offices moved to the West Wing and William Howard Taft had the Oval Office built.Learn more about US History
The original color of the White House was white. According to the White House Historical Association, when the walls were finished in 1798, they were whitewashed to keep the stone from freezing in winter.Full Answer >
The cornerstone of the White House was laid on Oct. 13, 1792. The first president of the United States to occupy the White House was John Adams, who moved into the uncompleted structure in 1800.Full Answer >
The last president to have a child in the White House was President John F. Kennedy. His wife gave birth to a premature child named Patrick on Aug. 23, 1956, but he only lived for two days.Full Answer >
When Franklin Roosevelt was elected president, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt hired Henrietta Nesbitt to be the White House's housekeeper and head chef. While Nesbitt successfully transformed the old, outdated kitchen into a modern and more efficient place to prepare meals, not many people would say that the new kitchen was put to good use. Nesbitt's menus were notoriously unappealing.Full Answer >