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The President's Levee at the White House

Artist
Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion
Date of Work
1853
Type
Print
Credit
White House Historical Association
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The President's Levee at the White House

This engraving is of the inaugural reception of President Franklin Pierce at the White House in 1853. It was published in "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion" on March 11, 1853, shortly after his inauguration. Pierce, whose son Benjamin had died just prior to the inauguration, decided to hold a reception in the East Room rather than the usual formal inaugural ball.