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  • Colonel William H. Crook
    Frances Benjamin Johnston
    staff
    Residence staff
    portraits
    This black-and-white, photographic portrait of longtime White House staff member Col. William H. Crook was taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston around 1890. Col. Crook served at the White House from 1864-1915. He started as bodyguard and doorman, later advancing to the roles of executive clerk and disbursing officer of the White House. Col. Crook documented his experiences in his memoir, "Through Five Administrations," originally published in 1910.
  • Quayle Family Portrait
    Unknown
    portraits
    pets
    This portrait of Vice President Dan Quayle and his family was taken on November 27, 1990. The vice president and his wife, Second Lady Marilyn T. Quayle, are pictured with their three children Tucker, Ben, and Corinne as well as two of the family's dogs. It is possible that the dog held by the Quayle's daughter, Corrine, is Barnaby, the family's Black Labrador Retriever.
  • President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
    Adam Schultz
    official portrait
    This official photograph of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was taken in the Library of the White House on March 3, 2021 by White House photographer Adam Schultz. President Biden served as the senator from Delaware for 36 years as well as vice president to President Barack Obama from 2009-2017. President Biden was elected in 2020 and sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021.
  • Jill Biden
    Cheriss May
    official portrait
    This portrait photograph of First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by White House photographer Cheriss May in 2021, during President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s first months in office. Dr. Biden previously served as second lady of the United States from 2009-2017, during the Barack Obama administration. A long time educator, Dr. Biden earned a Master of Education from West Chester University, a Master of Arts in english from Villanova University, and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.
  • 2020 Holiday Decorations on the East Landing
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    portraits
    decorations
    East Wing
    East Landing
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the East Landing was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 30, 2020 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. Hanging on the wall are portraits of first ladies Nancy Reagan and Florence Kling Harding. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Portrait of President Kennedy with 2020 Holiday Decorations
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    portraits
    official portraits
    State Floor
    Cross Hall
    decorations
    flowers
    This oil on canvas portrait of President John F. Kennedy was painted by Aaron Shikler in 1970 and is his official White House portrait. The portrait was placed on public display in the East Room on February 5, 1971. This photograph shows the painting on display in the Cross Hall, during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations on November 30, 2020. In 2020, the painting was also featured as part of the design for the White House Historical Association's official White House Christmas ornament. For the 2020 holiday decorations at the White House, the official White House Christmas ornament was prominently displayed in the Vermeil Room. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2020 Holiday Decorations Near Portrait of First Lady Laura Bush
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    portraits
    official portraits
    decorations
    Ground Floor Corridor
    Ground Floor
    flowers
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the Ground Floor Corridor was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 30, 2020 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. This photograph shows festive red flowers next to John Howard Sanden's official White House portrait of First Lady Laura Bush. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2020 Holiday Decorations in the Green Room
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    portraits
    official portraits
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    This photograph of holiday decorations on display in the Green Room was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 30, 2020 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. Decorations in the Green Room celebrated the diversity of American wildlife, and included birds and butterflies among the trees and garlands as well as window vignettes. The official portrait of First Lady Edith Roosevelt is prominently featured above the fireplace. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2020 Holiday Decorations in the Green Room
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    portraits
    official portraits
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    This photograph of holiday decorations on display in the Green Room was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 30, 2020 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. Decorations in the Green Room celebrated the diversity of American wildlife, and included birds and butterflies among the trees and garlands as well as window vignettes. The official portrait of First Lady Edith Roosevelt is prominently featured above the fireplace. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2020 Holiday Decorations in the Red Room
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    portraits
    decorations
    State Floor
    Red Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decorations on display in the Red Room was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 30, 2020 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. In the Red Room, handmade ornaments and felt-crafted scenes honored the service of America’s first responders and frontline workers. Here, decorative models of essential workplaces including a grocery store and a hospital are seen on display on the mantel in the Red Room beneath Henry Inman's 1842 portrait of Angelica Singleton Van Buren. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2020 Holiday Decorations in the State Dining Room
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    official portraits
    portraits
    This photograph of holiday decorations on display around the mantel in the State Dining Room was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 30, 2020 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. Above the mantel hangs George Peter Alexander Healy's 1896 portrait of President Abraham Lincoln. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Letitia Tyler Semple
    Unknown
    portrait
    first family
    This photograph is of a portrait of White House hostess Letitia Tyler Semple by Charles King. She temporarily served as White House hostess or first lady for a few months in 1844. During the Civil War she served as nurse in a Confederate hospital. Near the end of the war she opened a school, the Eclectic Institute, in Baltimore. This portrait is believed to have been painted by Charles King (possibly Charles Bird King) while Letitia Tyler Semple lived at the White House, posing on the South Portico as she looked over the South Grounds.
  • Martha Jefferson Randolph
    Unknown
    portrait
    first family
    This photograph is of a portrait of Martha Jefferson Randolph by painter Thomas Sully. Martha Jefferson Randolph was the eldest child of Thomas Jefferson and Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson. She received her education in Philadelphia and Paris and was praised for her intellect. In 1790, she married Thomas Mann Randolph, a Virginia politician. She supported her father's career and also served as White House hostess or first lady when she lived in the White House in 1802-03 and 1805-06. The original oil on canvas portrait by Sully was painted in 1836.
  • Martha Johnson Patterson
    Unknown
    portrait
    first family
    This photograph is of an engraving of Martha Johnson Patterson who was the daughter of President Andrew Johnson and First Lady Eliza Johnson. With her mother citing poor health, Martha — and sometimes her sister Mary Johnson Stover — took the duties of White House hostess or first lady. During her tenure as hostess, Patterson used her $30,000 budget on improvements to the White House which had fallen into a state of disrepair. She purchased new wallpaper, slipcovers for old furniture, and muslin cloth to cover carpets during receptions. The original engraving was made in 1881 by J.C. Buttre.
  • Rose Cleveland
    Unknown
    portrait
    first family
    This photograph of Rose Cleveland was taken in 1910. Rose Cleveland was the younger sister of President Grover Cleveland. She was a devoted teacher and scholar before moving to the White House to act as first lady during her brother’s first term. She served in the role for just over a year, until Cleveland married the young, popular Frances Folsom on June 2, 1886. After their wedding, Rose left the White House and returned to academia. She died of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918.
  • Mary Scott Harrison McKee
    Unknown
    portrait
    first family
    This photograph of Mary Scott Harrison McKee was taken between 1920 and 1930. Mary Scott Harrison McKee was the daughter of President Benjamin Harrison and First Lady Caroline Harrison. She was born in Indiana in 1858 and married James Mckee in 1884. The couple had two children who became national darlings when the McKee family moved to the White House upon Harrison’s election to the presidency in 1888. First Lady Caroline Harrison tragically died in 1892, so Mary assumed the role of White House hostess until the end of her father’s term. After leaving the White House, President Harrison and his children became estranged, caused by their dissatisfaction with his subsequent remarriage.
  • Margaret Woodrow Wilson
    Unknown
    portrait
    first family
    This photograph of Margaret Woodrow Wilson was taken in 1900. Margaret Woodrow Wilson was the eldest of President Woodrow Wilson’s three daughters, born in Georgia on April 16, 1886. In 1913, the Wilsons moved into the White House, but Margaret’s mother and first lady, Ellen Axson Wilson, passed away the next year. Margaret stepped in as White House hostess until her father married Edith Bolling Galt in 1915. Later in life, Margaret Wilson made a spiritual journey to India and lived in an ashram until her death in 1944.
  • Priscilla Cooper Tyler
    Unknown
    portrait
    first family
    This photograph is of a drawing of Priscilla Cooper Tyler. Priscilla Cooper Tyler was an actress in New York City, but gave up her stage career to marry wealthy Southerner, Robert Tyler. In 1841, the sudden death of President William Henry Harrison led to the ascendency of her father-in-law, Vice President John Tyler, to the presidency. She and her husband moved into the White House to assist with the management of the Executive Mansion. First Lady Letitia Tyler was unable to act as White House hostess due to a myriad of health conditions, so Priscilla stepped into the role. She served as an enthusiastic and sociable surrogate first lady from 1842 until moving to Philadelphia with her husband in 1844.
  • Ronald Reagan
    Unknown
    portrait
    This photograph of former President Ronald Reagan was presented to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987. Reagan served two terms as president, from 1981-1989. A label on the reverse side of this photograph indicates that it might have been gifted to Haller on August 3, 1995 through the offices of Congressman Ed Royce of California and Morningside, an assisted living community in Fullerton, California. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller.
  • Nixon Family Portrait
    Karl Schumacher
    portrait
    First Family
    Second Floor
    Yellow Oval Room
    This portrait of President Richard M. Nixon with his family in the Yellow Oval Room was taken on Father's Day, June 15, 1969. Pictured from left: the president's son-in-law, David Eisenhower; the president's youngest daughter, Julie Nixon Eisenhower; President Nixon; First Lady Pat Nixon; and Tricia Nixon, the president's eldest daughter. This photograph is part of the collection of former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. As executive chef from 1966-1987, Haller catered to the taste of five first families and their distinguished guests.
  • President and Mrs. Nixon
    Unknown
    portrait
    This is a photographic portrait of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon. Nixon served as the 37th president of the United States from 1969-1974. Achievements during the Nixon administration include the moon landing, improved relations with China and the Soviet Union, and the conclusion of American fighting in Vietnam. Nixon also became the first president to resign, following the Watergate scandal. As first lady, Pat Nixon improved public accessibility to the White House by offering special tours for visually impaired groups and installing wheelchair ramps at public entrances. Mrs. Nixon also added over 600 pieces to the White House Collection, and oversaw the refurbishment of nine rooms in the White House. This photograph is part of a personal collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. As executive chef from 1966-1987, Haller catered to the taste of five first families and their distinguished guests.
  • Pat Nixon
    Karl Schumacher
    portrait
    This photographic portrait of First Lady Pat Nixon was taken on May 15, 1971. Pat Nixon was first lady of the United States from 1969 to 1974. As first lady, she oversaw programs to increase public accessibility to the White House, promoted art by adding 600 pieces to the White House Collection, and advocated for volunteer organizations such as the Girl Scouts. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef of the White House from 1966-1987, catering to the taste of five presidential families and their distinguished guests. The Nixon family enjoyed refreshing salads and light luncheon plates, especially on days when there was a formal evening event, such as a State Dinner.
  • President Gerald R. Ford
    David Hume Kennerly
    portrait
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This second official photographic portrait of President Gerald R. Ford was taken in the Oval Office on February 26, 1976 by chief White House photographer David Hume Kennerly. Following the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon, Ford served as president of the United States from August 9, 1974 to January 20, 1977. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Henry Haller served as executive chef of the White House from 1966-1987.
  • President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford
    David Hume Kennerly
    portrait
    This photographic portrait shows President Gerald R. Ford alongside his wife, First Lady Betty Ford. President Ford had been appointed vice president to Richard M. Nixon under the conditions of the 25th Amendment, replacing Vice President Spiro T. Agnew upon his resignation. Ford assumed the presidency upon the resignation of President Nixon on August 8, 1974. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef of the White House from 1966-1987. From the White House Kitchen, the Fords preferred classic American fare, including a Sunday ritual of brunch featuring waffles and strawberries, and oven roast.
  • First Lady Betty Ford
    David Hume Kennerly
    portrait
    Treaty Room
    Second Floor
    This photographic portrait of First Lady Betty Ford was taken around December 24, 1975 in the Treaty Room by chief White House photographer David Hume Kennerly. Betty Ford earned admiration from openly discussing her treatment for breast cancer, at the time a stigmatized disease, in September 1974. While a devoted housewife, Ford did not shy away from voicing her support of the Equal Rights Amendment, and, later, sharing her own struggles with drugs and alcohol to encourage others to seek treatment. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.