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Blair House
Blair House

01/19/2017

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Published 19 Jan 2017 - 9:52 AM
President-elect Donald Trump spent Thursday night at the presidential bed-and-breakfast known as the Blair House, following a presidential tradition that goes back to President Jimmy Carter. The house sits right across the street from the White House, at 1651 Pennsylvania Ave., and is owned by the State Department, serving primarily to house visiting foreign dignitaries. Named for Francis Preston Blair, a newspaper publisher who came to Washington during the Andrew Jackson administration and served in Jackson's "kitchen cabinet." The house has a notable history even before becoming the presidential guest house: It was there that Blair, at the request of President Abraham Lincoln, offered command of the Union Army to General Robert E. Lee. (Lee declined.) Union general William Tecumseh Sherman was married there.


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