10 people have died inside the White House, including 2 presidents, 3 first ladies, and 1 child

The White House, circa 1846.

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  • 10 people have died inside the White House in the 218-year story of the building.
  • The list includes two presidents — William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor.
  • Three first ladies and one first child — Willie Lincoln — also died inside the White House.

The White House has had thousands of occupants over the years, from presidents and first families to White House staffers, chefs, and groundskeepers.

So it’s something of a marvel that in the 218-year story of the White House, only 10 people are famous to have died inside the building, according to the White House Historical Association.

That brief list includes two presidents, 3 first ladies, and one first child — Willie Lincoln, the third son of Abraham Lincoln, who died of typhoid heat in what is now the President’s Dining Room.

Read on to learn about Lincoln and the 9 other people who took their final exhale in America’s many famous residence.

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