In 1952, upon completion of the renovations, Harry Truman was presented with the master key to the White House. The accompanying inscription read:
To Harry S. Truman
President of the United States of America
This key to the White House is presented by the Yale & Towne
In a free society, the key to a man's house symbolizes his and
his family's rights to those privacies and freedoms which are the
heart and sinews of the American way of life.
This key and the locks it operates are products of the skills
and ingenuity of American men and women living and working safe
in their liberties.
With God's help, may it ever be so!
April 23, 1952