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On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812 between the United
States and England, British troops entered
Washington, D.C.
and burned the
White House in retaliation for the American
attack on the city of York in Ontario, Canada, in June 1813.

When the British arrived at the White House, they found that
James Madison and his first lady Dolley had already
fled to safety in
Maryland. Soldiers reportedly sat down to eat
a meal made of leftover food from the White House scullery
using White House dishes and silver before ransacking the
presidential mansion and setting it ablaze.

White House ruins during the war of 1812
The fire ruined the white house and the grounds. (Library of Congress)

James Madison portrait
James Madison Jr.
(March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836)

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