In 1792, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette play billiards on the eve of their imprisonment. Her cue is said to have been fashioned from a single elephant tusk decorated with gold inlays. Records show that she beat the king in those final games. In the words of American writer John Grissim, "The woman was in stroke, but so was her executioner."
Thomas Jefferson plans to install a billiard table in
The first book in English devoted entirely to the game appears: E. White's A Practical Treatise on the Game of Billiards,
While in exile on St. Helena, Napoleon, an enthusiastic player, happily receives a table sent to him from
George Washington plays a game or two with the visiting French General Lafayette.
In about 1815, a French political prisoner, Captain Francois Mingaud, discovers the amazing things that can be done with a cueball if a leather tip is put on the cue. He asks for his sentence to be extended so he can continue his researches. Upon his release he tours
In 1828, John Quincy Adams installs a table in the presidential quarters, leading to congressional criticism of his "gambling furniture."
In 1833, a billiard table is hauled by mule train to Bent's Fort in
In 1838, Queen