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.Continue Reading
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
Those interested in contacting the White House may do so by phone, through a letter or by submitting comments through the White House website. The website provides instructions on each method of contact.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 While Nesbitt successfully transformed the old, outdated kitchen into a modern and more efficient place to prepare meals, not many people would say that the new kitchen was put to good use.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 >
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 >
As of 2014, there are 132 rooms across six levels in the White House, along with eight staircases, six elevators, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, 412 doors and 147 windows. The White House has undergone several remodeling projects and additions throughout its history, which began in 1791 when President George Washington himself selected the site for the president of the United States' home. Though he selected the site, Washington never lived in the White House; John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams took residence in the first official version of the executive mansion in 1800, when the house was still unfinished.Full Answer >