Saturday, November 1, 2008

Anniversary: President Adams Relocates

On this day in 1800, John Adams became the first president to move into the White House. The Founding Father was the second President of the United States, serving from 1797-1801, and was the nation's first Vice President under George Washington.

"I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it," Adams wrote in a letter to his wife Abigail.

The blessings didn't protect the presidential mansion for long. The White House was badly destroyed by the British fourteen years later as part of the War of 1812.

(image credit: painting by Gilbert Stuart)