A scared child, a former president and a lady who knocks on doors… stories of ghosts in the White House » Baghdad Today News Agency

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In 1911, during the period when “William Howard Taft” was President of America, rumors circulated among the White House staff about the sighting of the ghost of an unknown boy, and at the beginning of the spread of these rumors, some took it as only considered popular myths. , like the rest of the fabricated ghost stories, but the situation was different when it happened Someone has his status in the White House over the mysterious ghost of a child.
That person was Major Archibald Butt, the military aide to President Taft, who wrote a chilling letter to his sister Clara describing the ghost.
In his message he said: “The ghost looks like a young boy of about fourteen or fifteen years old… The sensation you feel when he comes into the room is a slight pressure on the shoulder, as if he is following you stand and lean on your shoulder to see what you are doing.”

But after the story went viral, President Taft ordered the White House staff to be told that anyone repeating stories of the unknown child’s ghost or claiming to have seen it would be fired.

And that wasn’t the only story, because there are many ghost stories that inhabit the White House and roam its corridors at night, which have been talked about by many celebrities, White House employees and even presidents and their wives. During two centuries from the time of its construction until today.

The ghost of Mr. Burns, the owner of the land on which the White House was built One of the most common ghost stories in the White House is that of the ghost of David Burns, Burns was the person who sold most of the land on which the city of Washington, including the White House, was built to the government. Lillian Rogers Parks, a seamstress who worked in the White House for 30 years, told in her 1961 memoir the story of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s butler hearing a voice coming from a distance in the Oval Room.
The voice said, “I am Mr. Burns,” and again during the Harry S. Truman administration, a guard heard a similar voice. Believing it to be then-Secretary of State James Burns, he goes looking for him, only to be shocked to find the hallway empty, and to discover that the secretary was not in the White House that day.

The ghost of the president who never left the White House

The most common ghost stories in the White House are said to be those related to seeing the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, as claims have circulated that his ghost has haunted those living in the White House since his death. life ghost assassination in 1865.

First Lady Grace Coolidge, wife of the 30th President of the United States Calvin Coolidge, spoke on several occasions of seeing him standing and looking out the window of what used to be his office.

The following decades and various presidential administrations witnessed many such sightings. Even by foreign dignitaries in the White House, including Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who was sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom in 1942, when she heard a knock on her door, and when she opened the door, she saw the ghost of the bearded president and fell unconscious.

Two years earlier, Churchill had just stepped out of his hot tub in the same room, carrying nothing but his cigar, when he saw Lincoln’s ghost by the log fire.

In a 1989 Washington Post article, White House Administrator Rex Schouten said that President Ronald Reagan said his dog went into every room except the Lincoln bedroom. The dog “just stood in front of the bedroom door and started barking,” Schouten said.

“The ghost of US President Abraham Lincoln is probably the most visible ghost in the White House ghost stories,” said Sarah Fling, a historian for the White House Historical Society.
Many of the stories told about his appearance came from Jeremiah Smith, a staff member who served eight White House presidents, who claimed to have seen the ghost of Abraham Lincoln hundreds of times, coming down the stairs or walking between rooms with a grim face.

Ghost Stories of Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln

Before the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln, his wife, First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, was one of the most reported witnesses to White House ghosts, especially after the tragic death of her 11-year-old son, Willie, from typhus.
After the tragic death of her son, Mary Todd resorted to holding séances in an attempt to communicate with him, after which she began telling stories of seeing the ghost of her son William walking in her room.
Mary Todd even once told her half-sister, “Willy is alive. He comes to me every night and stands at the head of my bed with his usual smile.” The ghost of “Eddie,” Lincoln’s son who died at the age of four, is also said to have roamed the White House.

The ghost of Anna Seurat knocks on doors, looking for the president

Mrs. Mary Surratt was one of those accused of complicity in the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln, and she was sentenced to death after the assassination, but her daughter Anna Surratt tried to meet with President “Andrew Johnson” and begs to forgive her mother. . But this did not happen and his mother, Mary Surat, was executed.

After Anna’s death, there were a few stories of her ghost knocking on doors inside the White House and begging for her mother’s forgiveness.

The ghost of the chief’s wife hangs laundry in an abandoned room

Among the strange ghost stories in the White House is that of Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, the second president of the United States (1797-1801). Back then, Washington, DC was still just a city built mostly on swampy land on the banks of the Potomac River.

Because the East Room in the new White House was the warmest and driest, Abigail used it to hang laundry. Her ghost, dressed in a hat and lace shawl, is said to have been seen making her way to the east room, her arms outstretched as if carrying laundry.

Some claimed to smell laundry in the East Room, where First Lady Abigail Adams hung her laundry.

Other White House Ghost Stories

Many other ghost stories have surfaced from White House staff, some of whom claim to see ghosts or hear strange voices, knocking and music from locked and abandoned rooms.
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