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The White House Has a Long History of Paranormal Activity

posted: 02/16/17
by: Kelly McClure
The White House at night

Construction on the White House, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC., began in 1792 and has been home to paranormal activity since shortly after being occupied by its first resident John Adams, the second President of the United States, in 1800. On his first day living in the newly constructed house, Adams wrote out a prayer of protection: "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," that was later etched into the mantel in the State Dining Room under the advisement of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The prayer was not enough to keep the ghosts at bay, however.

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The Queen's Bedroom by Unknown, Link

In the early 1860's Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, did nothing to keep her fondness for the occult a secret and is known to have conducted many seances in the White House to communicate with spirits. It was during one of these seances that she claims to have heard the ghost of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, stomping loudly throughout the house. Jackson's former bedroom, referred to as The Rose Room at the time, and now known as The Queen's Bedroom, is considered one of the most haunted rooms of the house.

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Mary Todd Lincoln by Shepherd, Nicolas H., photographer, Link

During her time in the home between the years of 1923-29 Calvin Coolidge's wife Grace is the first resident to claim to have seen the ghost of Abraham Lincoln - who she described as standing in the Oval Office, looking out the window at the view of the Potomac River. Lincoln is the most frequently reported ghost to be seen in the White House and is thought to have stuck close to the property since his assassination in 1865. Throughout the history of the home in the years following his passing it's said that anyone, President or otherwise, who spends the night in Lincoln's former chambers will be awoken at some point in the night by knocks on the door from Lincoln himself. Other ghosts frequently reported in the home include that of Willie, Lincoln's son who died in 1862, and Frances, the wife of President Grover Cleveland, who was the first to give birth in the home and whose childbirth wails can be be heard clear as a bell from time to time.

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