Changes in American History: Oval Office Decor Reflect Different Presidential Administrations

A recent article in Business Insider by Aine Cain explains the arrangement of the d├ęcor in the Oval Office reflects each President’s unique furniture preferences. These interior design changes also reveal the historical figures each President chooses to remember on a daily basis. President Trump has included both Republicans and Democrats.

Aine Caine notes President Trump’s Oval Office displays furnishing selections drawn from previous administrations: gold drapes (like President Bill Clinton’s), a pale gold rug (from the Reagan era), and gold couches (a design option selected by President George W. Bush). He has also chosen artwork commemorating several great leaders, including Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, and Lincoln, as well as Alexander Hamilton, Sir Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some Famous U.S. Presidents

President Trump will see portraits or statues of these Presidents in the Oval Office:

President George Washington: The first President, he also commanded the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

President Thomas Jefferson: The third President doubled the size of the USA by investing in the Louisiana Purchase.

President Andrew Jackson: The seventh President defeated an invading British Army in New Orleans during the War of 1812, possibly preventing the United States from losing extensive territories to Britain.

President Abraham Lincoln: The sixteenth President held the Union together during the Civil War and emancipated the slaves.

Other Historic Figures

Visible in photos accompanying Ms. Cain’s article, other leaders remembered in the current Oval Office include these individuals:

Alexander Hamilton: He helped develop the U.S. currency as the first Secretary of the Treasury.

Sir Winston Churchill: He served as the war-time Prime Minister of the UK during the Second World War, opposing efforts by the Nazis to defeat Britain.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Murdered in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.