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On This Day In History: October 13th

White House Cornerstone Laid

In the city of Washington, D.C. there lies a great building known as the White House. The White House is quite a famous building, mainly known for being the home of the U.S. presidents. On October 13, 1792, the first cornerstone was laid. The construction of the White House was overseen by George Washington, even though he never lived in it. The first president to live in it was John Adams. The White House was officially opened to him on November 1, 1800. Every U.S. president since Adams has lived in it. 

The site for the building was chosen by George Washington, and it was designed by James Hoban, an Irish American architect. The incredible mansion was named the White House because of the whitish Virginia freestone used to construct it. Surrounded by the states of Maryland and Virginia, Washington D.C. was created to replace the nation’s previous capital of Philadelphia. They replaced it to have a better geological location in the new nation. The White House has gone through many changes over the years. With new additions and renovations, it has been edited by several of the previous presidents. Being the oldest federal building in the nation’s capital, the White House gets visited by millions of tourists each year. 

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Jillian Tieskotter is a junior at Fillmore Central High School. She has one older sister and one younger brother. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and listening to music. She lives on a farm and spends a lot of time outdoors. She loves to spend time with her family and friends. 
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