The History of Electricity at the White House

Posted February 19, 2018

In 2015, the Department of Energy released a history of electricity at the White House.  In honor of President’s Day, brush up on your Presidential trivia!

Built in 1792, the White House has only been electrified for over a century. President Benjamin Harrison and his wife Caroline were the first to live in an electrified White House, but electricity was so new at the time that the couple refused to touch the light switches for fear of electric shock. The White House staff was in charge of turning the lights on and off.

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