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The Working White House: 19th Century - Photo 1

The Working White House: 19th Century - Photo 1

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Frances Benjamin Johnston, Library of Congress

The Working White House: 19th Century - Photo 1

Jerry Smith, North Portico, c. 1889. Smith started working at the White House during the Ulysses S. Grant administration in the late 1860s, and served as butler, cook, doorman, and footman until his retirement some 35 years later. He was often seen with his signature feather duster. Shortly before dying at age 69 in 1904, Smith was visited at his home by President Theodore Roosevelt.

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