I Pray Heaven to Bestow The Best of Blessing on THIS HOUSE, and on All that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof!
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Source Notes: Source: President JOHN ADAMS, letter to his wife Abigail, November 2, 1800, the day after he moved into the White House.Letters of John Adams Addressed to His Wife, ed. Charles Francis Adams, p. 267 .President Franklin D. Roosevelt had this lettered in gold in the marble over the fireplace in the State Dining Room of the White House. The quotation above follows the capitalization used in the inscription.
John Adams (October 30, 1735 July 4, 1826) was the first (1789 1797) Vice President of the United States, and the second (1797 1801) President of the United States.