GROWING UP IN THE WHITE HOUSE by Seymour Reit

GROWING UP IN THE WHITE HOUSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Children Who. . . John Adams' granddaughter Susanna (""the first child to get sick there!""), Jefferson's grandson James Madison Randolph (""the very first child to start his life in the White House""), Monroe's daughter Maria (""the very first daughter to be married under its roof""), John Quincy Adams, Jr. and the President's niece Mary Hellen (the only first cousins to be married there?), etc., etc., up to ""little Patrick"" serenaded by the Marine Corps Band. Under Lincoln, the two Roosevelts and Kennedy, child life was lively, but even childless Presidents rate a paragraph in this offhand history, and the White House itself is the stage that hogs the scene. Along with decoration and redecoration, construction and reconstruction, some bathtub genealogy: Fillmore installed the first, Hayes had running water for his, Taft had the biggest. In this effluvia, one dry note: David Eisenhower, at the close of his grandfather's administration, ""put notes behind all the pictures (saying) 'I shall return.'

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 1968
Publisher: Crowell-Collier