Did you know that President Truman had to live across the street from the White House while it was being renovated? Or that new presidents can’t move into the White House until noon on Inauguration Day? In honor of President’s Day, let’s take a look at a few moving-related facts concerning our president and the White House.
- John Adams was the first president to move into the White House.
Did you know that George Washington never lived in the White House? That’s because it wasn’t completely built until 1800, three years after his last term ended. The first person to move into the White House was actually our nation’s second president, John Adams. According to Scholastic, “Abigail Adams hung her laundry up to dry in the East Room. She thought it would be bad manners to hang the president’s laundry outside.”
- The president once moved across the street from the White House.
In 1948, President Harry S. Truman, his family and his staff had to relocate across the street from the White House while it was being renovated. After the renowned estate was deemed architecturally unsafe, it had to be gutted, expanded and rebuilt over a three-year period. The president and his family and staff returned to live in the White House in 1952.
- The president can’t move into the White House until noon on Inauguration Day.
Not a minute sooner! According to sources close to past presidents, the White House is restricted until noon on Inauguration Day on January 20 (the year after the new president is elected). The good news is that there is usually lots of planning and preparation ahead of time, so moving in is a quick and easy procedure.
- Moving into the White House is on the president’s dime.
Many think that the government handles all of the moving services for the president, but the First Family is responsible for getting all of their belongings into the White House. The government sometimes helps, but the president is often responsible for transportation costs as well. (Better hope they hire a reliable residential mover!)
- The president once had to move because the White House was set on fire.
British soldiers lit the White House on fire in 1814 during the War of 1812. It did extensive damage and President James Madison had to relocate. Unfortunately, it wasn’t finished in time for President Madison to enjoy and new President James Monroe moved back in 1817.
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