White House History

On this day in 1792, the cornerstone was laid for a presidential residence in the newly designated capital city of Washington. In 1800, President John Adams became the first president to reside in the executive mansion, which soon became known as the "White House" because its white-gray Virginia freestone contrasted strikingly with the red brick of nearby buildings. In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt made the name official when he had "The White House" engraved on his stationery.

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