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Earliest known photograph of the White House is a daguerreotype taken by John Plumbe, Jr. in 1846. The President of the United States was James K. Polk and, of course, the building was simply the "Executive Mansion" and there is no balcony within the portico.
Letitia Christian Tyler, wife of John Tyler, 10th president, died while he was in office. She had suffered a stroke prior to his presidency but was able to conduct business from her bedroom suite. She was a first lady for about one and a half years.
This photograph of Polk and his cabinet (minus Sec. of State James Buchanan) is not only the first photo of a President and his cabinet, but it is also the first interior photograph of the White House. The photograph was taken by John Plumbe in the State Dining Room and shows new wallpaper and chairs purchased by the Polks. Reflected in the mirror is a crystal chandelier and behind the group is an ornate Italian mantle purchased by President James Monroe.
October 27, 1975: President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford pause on the dance floor at a White House state dinner in honor of Egyptian President and Mrs. Anwar Sadat.