Sleeping with the President: A Peek at All Their Private Bedrooms & Beds

George Washington’s bedroom, his Mount Vernon estate in Virginia. It’s the most private space in the home of us all, the bedroom. And yet, like everything else, when it comes to the Presidents of the United States, nothing is sacred – not even a peek inside their bedrooms and snapshot of the very beds where they slept at one point or another. Whether it was a bed they used merely to rest in (Taft) or used in one of several homes they owned during the course of their lives (F.D.R), or even the one where they were born (Cleveland) or tossed and turned in while dreaming of the White House as kids (Hoover, Clinton), the beds they occupied, the very pillows upon which rested our Heads of State have been carefully chronicled, preserved – and even sold (Fillmore) for full public exposure. Here now for the first time in the history of civilization is a peek inside the sleeping spaces of all the Presidents…all except for one. The process of gathering these images, nearly all of which are from historic sites or scanned from old postcards or garnered from Internet searches, failed to find even a scrap of duvet cover used by the one President who, without being too prurient here, certainly enjoyed the bed. Presidential pop quiz kids will know whose bed is missing in a snap – with this one clue, but others will have to figure it out: he fathered more children than any other. Two Presidents shared this bed….not at the same time of course. The bedroom of John and Abigail Adams in their Quincy, Massachusetts home was later used by their son, sixth President John Quincy Adams and his wife Louisa. At his Virginia estate Monticello, Thomas Jefferson designed his own unique bed configuration. James Madison’s bedroom on the first floor of his Virginia estate Montpelier. James Monroe’s recently restored bedroom at his Ash Lawn estate in Virginia. Andrew Jackson’s bedroom at his Hermitage estate in Tennessee. In his Lindenwald estate in the Hudson River Valley, Martin Van Buren’s bedroom. Except for Jefferson’s unique wall bed, Van Buren’s is the first without a canopy William and Anna Harrison had separate beds in the same bedroom in their, Indiana home Grouselands. The solid mahogany bed used by James Polk with his wife Sarah was later used by her as a widow, now can be seen in

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