White House Hauntings
elections coming up, and the Republican and Democratic National conventions
being held, there is no better time to reflect upon the many ghosts that the
new president might get to meet when he/she moves into the White House. Here is
a list of the haunted happenings that have occurred in America’s capital
Lincoln: Perhaps the most famous White House ghost is that of the 16th
president, Abe Lincoln. In fact, Abe himself even had several ghostly
experiences while he was living here. He claimed to have received regular
visits from his two dead sons, Pat and Willie. Lincoln also had a premonition
of himself lying dead in a casket days before he was assassinated. After his
death, many former presidents, staff, and prestigious visitors have reported
run-ins with former top-hatted president. Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s servant,
Mary Evan, saw an apparition of Lincoln in the northwest bedroom sitting on the
bed pulling on his boots. Other servants have seen him lying in his bed or
standing at the oval window peering out over the entrance of the building. One of the most well known sightings occurred
when the Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands was sleeping in the Queen’s
Bedroom. Late in the night she heard a knock on her door. She rose from her bed
to open it, and was shocked to find the ghost of President Lincoln standing
there staring at her. The incident
scared her so much that she fainted on the spot. Lincoln is supposedly
especially restless right before a national crisis or war occurs. While
visiting the White House during WWII, Winston Churchill, the British Prime
Minister, emerged naked room evening bath smoking a cigar when he saw the ghost
of Lincoln sitting by the fireplace in his room.
Adams: The wife of former president John Adams used to hang her laundry in the
East Room since it was the warmest and driest place. Now, her figure, wearing a
cap and lace shawl, can still be seen on occasion walking through the East Room
walls with her arms outstretched.
David Burns was not a president or president’s wife; instead he was the man who
sold the government most of the land in which Washington DC was built. A valet
formerly working for President Franklin D. Roosevelt heard a disembodied voice
coming from the Yellow Oval Room saying “I’m Mr. Burns.” A similar incident
occurred during Harry S. Truman’s presidency.
During this time a guard heard a similar voice. Thinking it was the then-Secretary
of State James Byrnes , the guard went searching for him. However, he was later surprised to learn that
the secretary had not been in the White House that day.
Madison: The wife of James Madison can be seen wandering around the Rose
Garden, which she planted.
Jackson: The Rose Room, which was Jackson’s former bedchamber during his presidential
years, is believed to be one of the most haunted rooms in the White House. Jackson has been heard stomping and swearing
from within the room. Just two months into his first term, Harry Truman wrote
to his wife Bess about how he was constantly being distracted while working by
the sounds of ghosts waling up and down the hallway, and even right in the
study with him. He said that the floors
would pop and the drapes would move back and forth by themselves.
While not a president, a Demon Cat can be seen in the basement of the White
House on occasion. Luckily it appears
rarely. When it does appear, it is
before a national disaster. According to reports, the Demon Cat will look like
a harmless kitten at first. Then it
grows in size and “evilness” as one gets closer. The Demon cat was seen a week before the
stock market crash leading to the Great Depression in 1929 by a White House
guard, and before Kennedys assassination in 1963.