111 Front Street
Key West, FL
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HARRY S TRUMAN Little White House
The Harry S. Truman Little White House is the State of Florida’s only presidential site.
Originally, it was constructed in 1890 as naval officers housing. Important visitors have included extended stays by inventor Thomas Edison and scientist Edward Hayden and it has been used by six American presidents. Its most important usage was as the winter White House of Harry Truman who spent 175 days of his presidency here from 1946 through 1952. Harry Truman faced the rebuilding of Europe, the Palestine question, issues of Civil Rights and labor unrest changes in foreign policy and our response to the Cold War.
Other presidents have included William Howard Taft in 1912, Dwight Eisenhower in 1955-56, John Kennedy in 1961 and 1962 and former Presidents Jimmy Carter in 1996 and 2007 and Bill Clinton in 2005. All have found it a restful place to restore body and mind as later presidents have used Camp David. It was the site of international peace talks between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in 2001.
The 1950 Cosmopolitan Lincoln Limousine from President Harry Truman’s presidential fleet is now at the Little White House. The Limousine will be a part of the new White Glove Tour offered by the Little White House Museum and the Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation. The tour will include a private look at the Harry S. Truman Little White House, a ride in the presidential limousine and a final white glove opportunity at the Foundation Headquarters in Building 21.