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Over the years, many people living and working at the White House have described various spectral sightings and experiences. The ghost of Abraham Lincoln is by far the most famous spirit to haunt the White House. Longtime White House employee Jerry Smith was one of the first to describe a Lincoln ghost encounter when his story was shared in a 1903 newspaper article. Additional sightings have occurred throughout the years. Many have taken place in the Lincoln Bedroom or the Yellow Oval Room on the Second Floor. First Lady Grace Coolidge and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands claimed to have seen Lincoln as well. White House dogs have also been sensitive to ghostly spirits. When passing the Lincoln Bedroom, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan’s dog Rex would sometimes stand outside the room and bark while refusing to enter.

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