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White House timber burned in the fire of 1814White House timber burned in the fire of 1814

This charred timber, discovered during renovations in 1950, is believed to have survived the burning of the presidential mansion by the British during the War of 1812. It was acquired by a Washington, D.C., political memorabilia collector, Ralph E. Becker, who presented it to the Smithsonian in 1968.

See also: War of 1812

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