The First White House is very excited to have been given a beautiful Secretary-Desk that was in the possession of Miss Mary Custis Lee, one of the four daughters of Gen. Robert E. Lee, who died about 1922, after which her personal estate was sold.
The Virginia origin of this piece makes it rare and very desirable on the current antiques market, where southern furniture enjoys strong popularity. Beyond, this, the Lee history of ownership gives it strong historic interest.
It is very appropriate for the First White House, because of the strong bond between President Davis and General . Lee. We are honored and very proud to have it and are extremely appreciative to the donors. We have placed it in the President’s Study, and invite the public to come by and see it.