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President Kennedy's Private Meeting Place

Nov. 1, 1961 - A White House room used by 19th-century Presidents for secret conferences is being refurbished as President Kennedy’s private meeting place. The room on the second floor of the family quarters at the head of the Grand Staircase is rich in history. Known as the Monroe Room (pictured in 1931), it was used as President Lincoln’s Cabinet room. Presidents from Lincoln’s time until Theodore Roosevelt in 1902 held their secret conferences in the salon, which was formerly Mrs. James Monroe’s sitting room. It is between the Abraham Lincoln bedroom and President Kennedy’s Oval Room conbination library and study.


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