8. George Washington Used The Wooden Desk in the Governor’s Room

George Washington used this desk when it was located in Federal Hall, the first capitol building for the United States and where Washington was inaugurated as President. The building was demolished in 1812 and replaced by the Federal Hall National Memorial we see today on Wall Street. This desk was moved to the Governor’s Room in City Hall in 1844 and has remained there. Atop the table is imprinted the words “George Washington’s Table 1789.” As recounted in this article, the desk has been widely copied as a desirable piece of furniture for the country’s elite.