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 • The Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington - Taft (1789-1913)
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& Obama (2010-Book I)

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Carter - G.W. Bush (1977-2009)

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• Our archives also contain thousands of other documents such as party platforms, candidates' remarks, Statements of Administration Policy, documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary, and election debates:

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State of the Union Addresses
Noteworthy State of the Union Addresses from the APP's complete archive:
"The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." 
George W. Bush - January 28, 2003
"The era of big Government is over. But we cannot go back to the time when our citizens were left to fend for themselves." 
William J. Clinton - January 23, 1996
"President Washington began this tradition in 1790 after reminding the Nation that the destiny of self-government and the "preservation of the sacred fire of liberty" is "finally staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people." For our friends in the press, who place a high premium on accuracy, let me say: I did not actually hear George Washington say that. [Laughter]" 
Ronald Reagan - January 26, 1982
"Today, that freshman Member from Michigan stands where Mr. Truman stood, and I must say to you that the state of the Union is not good: Millions of Americans are out of work..." 
Gerald Ford - January 15, 1975
"I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of this matter to an end. One year of Watergate is enough." 
Richard Nixon - January 30, 1974
"We must spare no effort to raise the general level of health in this country. In a nation as rich as ours, it is a shocking fact that tens of millions lack adequate medical care." 
Harry S. Truman - January 5, 1949
"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms." 
Franklin D. Roosevelt - January 6, 1941


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Address to the Nation on the Terrorist Attacks
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First Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union
#4 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Executive Order 9256 Terminating the Electric Home and Farm Authority.
#5 Republican Party Platforms
Republican Party Platform of 1860
#6 Ronald Reagan
Inaugural Address
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Republican Party Platform of 1956
#8 Barack Obama
Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the State of the Union
#9 Ronald Reagan
Remarks on Signing the Bill Making the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a National Holiday
#10 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fireside Chat on Banking


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American Presidency Project State of the Union Data
Length of State of the Union Addresses
State of the Union: Presidential Rhetoric from
Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush

with an introduction by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley is the first comprehensive reference volume published in over four decades devoted to the president's Annual Message to Congress.

published by CQ Press
State of the Union
Woodrow Wilson Today in History
100  years  ago
Woodrow Wilson
Executive Order 1885 - To Establish a Permanent Organization for the Operation and Government of the Panama Canal
January 27, 1914
By Virtue of the authority vested in me, I hereby enact the following order, creating a permanent organization for the Panama Canal, under the Act of Congress "To provide for the opening, maintenance, protection and operation of the Panama Canal and the sanitation and government of the Canal Zone," approved August 24, 1912.

Section 1. The organization for the completion, maintenance, operation, government and sanitation of the Panama Canal and its adjuncts and the government of the Canal Zone shall consist of the following departments, offices and agencies, and such others as may be established by the Governor of the Panama Canal on the Isthmus or elsewhere with the approval of the President, all to be under the direction of the Governor, subject to the supervision of the Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

There shall be a Department of Operation and Maintenance under the immediate supervision and direction of the Governor of the Pa ...read full document

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The Document Archive Contains 109,261 Records
• Executive Orders 5713 • State of the Union Addresses 95
• Proclamations 7437 • State of the Union Messages 138
• Press Conferences 2031 • Inaugural Addresses 57
• Saturday Radio Addresses 1481 • Addresses to Congress (non-SOU) 49
• Fireside Chats (FDR) 27 • Addresses to Nation 250
• Veto Messages 1147 • Addresses to the United Nations 46
• Radio & TV Correspondents Dinners 38 • Addresses to Foreign Legislatures 71
• Party Convention Addresses 33 • College Commencement Addresses 158

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