The President's Oval Office/The Glorious Burden Historical

The President's Oval Office/The Glorious Burden Historical (HM1WZ0)

Location: Montevallo, AL 35115 Shelby County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 8.443', W 86° 49.717'

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The President's Oval Office

In this building is a full-scale replica of the White House Oval Office.

When John and Abigail Adams first moved into The White House in 1800, it contained three oval rooms, inspired by design changes President George Washington made to the Morris House in Philadelphia, where he and Martha lived during his Presidency.

Theodore Roosevelt ordered construction of the West Wing in 1902, where he had a rectangular shaped office. In 1900, William Howard Taft had the first Presidential Oval Office built in the center of the West Wing. It contained no windows. In 1934, Franklin D. Roosevelt relocated The Oval Office to its present spot on the corner of The West Wing and added exterior windows and doors for improved lighting.

The ornate Resolute Desk, a gift from Queen Victoria is the room's most recognizable piece. All Presidents decorate the Oval Office with furniture and pictures to suit their own personal tastes and needs. However, a portrait of George Washington is always present.

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The Glorious Burden

The U. S. Presidency has often been called "The Glorious Burden". In 1787, delegates to the Constitution Convention created the office specifically with George Washington in mind, saying
only that, "Power shall be vested in a President." They knew and trusted that he would properly mold the office and define its scope with his strength of character.

Today, much of the majesty and power of the office comes form the many precedents established by the Father of Our Country. The first occurred when taking the oath of office as written in the Constitution. Washington added at the end, "so help me God," and every President since has repeated it.

The Constitution gives Congress more than two dozen specific functions but only seven for the President, and one of those is a speech, The State of the Union Address. As result, Washington established most of the rules by which all Presidents are guided. The function of his Cabinet, the relationship with Congress, and even the concept of Executive Privilege were created by George Washington.
HM NumberHM1WZ0
Placed ByErected as an Eagle Scout Project of J. Madison Gibbens, III Pelham, Alabama Troop 367
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Date Added Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 515984 N 3666900
Decimal Degrees33.14071667, -86.82861667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 8.443', W 86° 49.717'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 8' 26.58" N, 86° 49' 43.02" W
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Area Code(s)205
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near American Village, Montevallo AL 35115, US
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