TODAY IN HISTORY: The White House (Nov. 1, 1800)
On this day in the year 1800, President John Adams became the first United States President to move into and take up residence in the Executive Mansion, later to be called “The White House.” Adams penned a prayer the next day that read: “I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this House, and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof” You play a part in the fulfillment of that prayer. In the name of national unity and civic participation, take the time to get out and vote.
President John Adams opened the White House to the public and started the tradition of hosting New Year’s Day receptions. President Thomas Jefferson expanded on this tradition of hospitality and hosted the first Fourth of July celebration. Each President has made his own changes and additions. The White House is, after all, the President’s private home. It is also the only private residence of a head of state that is open to the public, free of charge.