U.S. White House Hauntings

Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was said to have dreamed about his assassination and was known for having attended two of his wife’s seances that she held. Mary Todd Lincoln had a deep interest in the Occult and regularly attempted to communicate with her deceased sons. Lincoln’s apparition has been the most frequently reported sighting in the White House over the years. Abraham Lincoln life was cut short by an assassin’s bullet in April of 1865. Grace Coolidge, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, was the first person to say she had actually seen Lincoln’s ghost. Grace stated that the former President was standing looking out a window of the Oval Office, across the Potomac to the former Civil War battlefields. Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Johnson, stated that she felt Lincoln’s presence one night while watching a television program about his death.

Sightings of Lincoln’s ghost were frequently reported during the long administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who also presided over his country during a time of great unrest. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt used the Lincoln Bedroom as her study, and said she would feel his presence when she worked there late at night. During her visit to the White House, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands heard a knock on her bedroom door in the night. Upon answering the knock, she saw Lincoln’s ghost and promptly fainted. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who frequently visited the White House during World War II said he observed Lincoln sitting by the fireplace in his room. He had just gotten out of the shower. Psychics have speculated that Lincoln’s spirit remains in the White House to be on hand in times of crisis, as well as to complete the difficult work that his untimely death left undone.

Abigail Adams and David Burns

Abigail Adams and her husband John, the second president of the United States, moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue from the former U.S. capital in Philadelphia. Washington, D.C. at this time was still just an average, undeveloped town, built mostly on swampy land on the banks of the Potomac River. The East Room of the new White House was the warmest and driest and Abigail hung her laundry in this area of the home. Her ghost has been seen heading towards the East Room, with outstretched arms like she is carrying her laundry.

In 1824, Andrew Jackson, also known as “Old Hickory”, lost the election to  John Quincy Adams in one of the most contentious presidential elections in history. Elected president four years later, Jackson continued to hold grudges against those who had supported Adams. In the early 1860’s, Mary Todd Lincoln told friends she had heard Jackson swearing and carrying on in the halls of the presidential residence. The Rose Room, Jackson’s bedroom while he was President, is reportedly one of the most haunted rooms in the White House.

Jackson’s apparition supposedly also showed up in the White House according to the writings of Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the United States. In June of 1945, just two months into his first term, Truman wrote to his wife Bess regarding the creepiness of of his new residence: “I sit here in this old house and work on foreign affairs, read reports, and work on speeches–all the while listening to the ghosts walk up and down the hallway and even right in here in the study. The floors pop and the drapes move back and forth–I can just imagine old Andy Jackson and Teddy Roosevelt having an argument over Franklin Roosevelt.”

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