Houses of the Presidents Childhood Homes, Fand Grand Estates by Hugh Howard

By Hugh Howard

Homes OF THE PRESIDENTS deals a distinct journey of the homes and daily lives of America's presidents, from George Washington's time to the current. writer Hugh Howard weaves jointly own, presidential, and architectural histories to make clear the best way our leader executives lived. unique images by way of Roger Straus III brings the homes and furniture fantastically to existence. From Jefferson's Monticello to Reagan's Rancho del Cielo, with attention-grabbing and dazzling stops among and past, homes OF THE PRESIDENTS provides a desirable replacement background of the yank presidency.

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Smith examined estate. For Margaret Bayard Smith; her husband, Samuel; and Anna, some of the portraits that lined the walls, along with the busts that the youngest of their four children, the sight of the Madison man- rested on the mantelpiece, tables, and corner brackets. Many of the sion was a relief in the drenching rain. As their horses plodded faces were known to the party, as there were likenesses of George along, they watched as the broad façade of Montpelier loomed up Washington, James Monroe, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and before them.

He and fifty-four other delegates from twelve gardens, support buildings, and even the landscape, which became states would spend seventeen weeks in Philadelphia in 1787, ham- an open park. S. Constitution. here James Madison died in 1836, never again having left the After its 1788 ratification — which Madison helped accom- Commonwealth of Virginia. plish, as a cowriter (with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay) of the Much later, Montpelier would house another notable family. There, as President George house in 1844; seven owners later, William duPont acquired the Washington’s most trusted ally in Congress, Congressman Madison property.

JOHN ADAMS AND JOHN QUINCY ADAMS 24 Above: John and Abigail Adams both died here — he in 1826 (of old age) and she in 1818 (of typhus); the bed came from Holland, after John’s diplomatic service in the 1780s. Below: John Adams returned from his ministry abroad with this Louis XVI secretary desk. While seated at it, he maintained a voluminous correspondence, not least with Thomas Jefferson. The secretary was also a specific bequest, left to the then-sitting president John Quincy Adams. later, in 1813.

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