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Key West in Monroe County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Little White House

 
 
The Little White House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 31, 2009
1. The Little White House Marker
Inscription. Built in 1890 as quarters for Navy officers, the Little White House later was used by American Presidents William Howard Taft, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Truman used the facility as a vacation home and functioning White House between 1946 and 1952. National legislation was drafted and official government business was conducted daily from the site. Perhaps the most important of these actions occurred on December 5, 1951, when Truman enacted a Civil Rights Executive Order requiring federal contractors to hire minorities. The house is considered the birthplace of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force as a result of the Key West Accords of 1948. President Eisenhower used the site in 1956 while recuperating from a heart attack. In 1961, the house was the venue for a summit between President Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan during the Bay of Pigs incident. Kennedy returned in 1962 after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Secretary of State Colin Powell and foreign leaders held an international summit here in 2001. The Little White House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
 
Erected 2005 by The Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation, Historic Tours of America, Inc., and the Florida Department of
The Little White House Marker image. Click for full size.
December 31, 2009
2. The Little White House Marker
State. (Marker Number F-546.)
 
Location. 24° 33.389′ N, 81° 48.4′ W. Marker is in Key West, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Caroline Street, on the right when traveling south on Front Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Key West FL 33040, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Little White House (here, next to this marker); Naval Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Audubon House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clinton Square (about 700 feet away); Navy Club of Key West Monument (about 700 feet away); Mallory Homesite (about 800 feet away); Key West Woman's Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Oldest Schoolhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Key West.
 
Also see . . .  Truman Little White House. (Submitted on July 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Civil RightsGovernmentMilitaryNotable Buildings
 
The Harry S. Truman Little White House image. Click for full size.
December 31, 2009
3. The Harry S. Truman Little White House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 838 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1. submitted on .   2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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