[Ads-l] Antedating of "White House"

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 23 01:46:25 EST 2020


Aurora General Advertiser (Philadelphia), April 21, 1802, page 2.

In a purported conversation between the President and a tourist from Frederick, Maryland, who doesn't realize to whom he's speaking.  "White house" used three or four times, arguably merely descriptive, but they were already referring to it as that.

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/65860046/aurora-general-advertiser/
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White House (OED 1811)

1807 Aaron Burr in _Public Advertiser_ (N.Y.) 27 Jan. (Genealogy Bank)  I w=
ill turn Jefferson out of that white house and hang him; and congress I wil=
l _pack off_.

Note:  This is quoting earlier usage in _The Aurora_.

Fred Shapiro

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