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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
The Little White House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 8, 2019
2. The Little White House Marker
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 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Key West FL 33040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); Phillip L. Cosgrove House, 1872 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Weather Bureau (about 600 feet away); William Lowe Delaney/Theodore Holtsberg House (about 600 feet away); Alexander Cruz/ Julia Gardner House (about 700 feet away); Audubon House (about 700 feet away); Clinton Square (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Key West.
 
Also see . . .  Truman Little White House. (Submitted on July 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
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The Little White House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 8, 2019
3. The Little White House Marker
The Little White House Marker image. Click for full size.
December 31, 2009
4. The Little White House Marker
The Harry S. Truman Little White House image. Click for full size.
December 31, 2009
5. The Harry S. Truman Little White House
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 930 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on July 5, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1. submitted on July 4, 2010.   2, 3. submitted on August 14, 2019, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   4, 5. submitted on July 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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