The 1869 "table for eight persons" (White House Historical Association)
Grant's Cabinet Table
Pottier & Stymus Manufacturing Co., New York created a "table for eight persons" for Andrew Johnson, delivered in 1869, after Johnson had left office. President Grant’s Cabinet met around this table every Thursday and Friday. The table has eight locking drawers, so each Cabinet member and the president could keep important papers safe. At the president's end is the remains of a call button system.
Except for a time in early 20th century, the table has nearly always been in the White House Treaty Room. Many important agreements have been signed on the table, including the peace treaty that ended the Spanish-American War in 1898, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, and one of the SALT agreements. Recent presidents have used it in their private White House offices.
George W Bush and staff in the Treaty Room in 2001, looking northeast (White House)
The Treaty Room in 2000, looking southeast (White House Historical Association)
Ronald Reagan and his Cabinet in the Treaty Room in 1987, looking northwest (NARA)
The Treaty Room as restored to its early 19th-century roots by Jackie Kennedy in 1963, looking southeast (Kennedy Library)
President McKinley in his Cabinet Room, 1900, looking northwest (Library of Congress - Levin Handy)
Actual signing of the peace treaty with Spain on Agust 12, 1898, a hot but stormy day
The Treaty Room in its former life as the Cabinet Room, circa 1890, looking northwest (Benjamin Harrison Home)