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Main Topic: Our Nation
Topic: Establishing a Nation
Topic: General

Speaker: Donald Hickey


When Did the White House Become the “White House”?

This Power Point program—featuring portraits, illustrations, and newspaper evidence—will examine the origins and early history of the White House, which today is arguably the most famous building in the world. We will pay special attention to when and how the White House got its name. Although conventional wisdom holds that the name originated when the White House was rebuilt after being burned during the War of 1812, the evidence suggests that the name was in use as early as 1802, a mere eighteen months after the building was first occupied by President John Adams.


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