While the city of Washington, D.C. was being developed, the President's House was also getting under way. A contest was held to select a designer for the house. While it is said that our third President, Thomas Jefferson, submitted designs for the house, architect James Hoban won the contest. Work on the house began in 1792. Stonemasons were hired from Scotland. Bricks were made on the north lawn. Sandstone was brought from Stafford County, Virginia, and lumber from North Carolina and Virginia.
While James Madison
was President, from 1809-1817, the United States went to war with England. On
August 24, 1814, British soldiers sailed up the Potomac River and set fire to
the White House. Before doing so, however, they marched right into the
President's dining room and helped themselves to food that had been left on the
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