“None but honest and wise men…”

On the afternoon of November 1, 1800, an unannounced coach rolled to a stop before a grand but unfinished edifice in a weedy field in the new capital of Washington, D.C. John Adams climbed out and wandered inside the building, thus becoming the first president to occupy what we now call the White House. The next day, he wrote his wife: “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.”

— Bill Bennett’s Patriots’ Almanac

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