Many people may be under the impression that First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was the first to take an interest in restoring the White House with historical accuracy. A number of first ladies before her actually pursued efforts in that direction. One of them was Lou Hoover, who died on this day, January 7, 1944. While First Lady she set about gathering furniture belonging to President Lincoln and her efforts became the genesis for the Lincoln Bedroom in a room that was originally President Lincoln's office on the second floor of the White House. She also located furniture and other objects belonging to President James Monroe and found a home for them in the White House Treaty Room, which doubles as the President's study. In the East Room, which George Washington called the "public audience room", Mrs. Hoover hung the large portraits of President George Washington and Martha Washington almost side by side where they remain to this today.