There have been six Regents of the White House Association since its inception in 1900, not counting Mrs. Jefferson Davis who was Queen Regent and remains so in perpetuity. Mrs. Davis’s long-time family friend, Mrs. Jesse Drew Beale (Carrie Phelan Beale) was our first Regent. She served from 1900 to 1906, followed by Mrs. Isaac Ross from 1906 to 1919 and Mrs.. Chappell Cory from 1919 to 1951.
Mrs.. Fleming Rowell served as Regent from 1951 to 1980, and Mrs. John H. Napier, III was Regent from 1980 to 2009. She now holds the title of Honorary Regent for Life. Anne Tidmore is the current Regent, having served from 2009 until the current time.
All five of the past Regents have pictures hanging on the wall to the left as you enter the front hall. In addition Mrs. Cory’s portrait hangs in the front hall on the right as you come in, and Mrs. Beale’s hangs upstairs in the New York bedroom.
Come and see us and enjoy the ambience of this very old historic house.