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The American Presidency Project is the only online resource that has consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database:
 • The Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington - Taft (1789-1913)
 • The Public Papers of the Presidents:
Hoover to G.W. Bush (1929-2007)
& Obama (2010-Book I)

 • The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents:
Carter - G.W. Bush (1977-2009)

 • The Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents:
Obama (2009-2012)
• 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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Executive Order 9256 Terminating the Electric Home and Farm Authority.
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Address to the Nation on the Terrorist Attacks
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First Annual Message
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Speech by Senator John F. Kennedy, Zionists of America Convention, Statler Hilton Hotel, New York, NY
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Inaugural Address
#8 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Address at Madison Square Garden, New York City
#9 John F. Kennedy
Executive Order 10990
#10 Republican Party Platforms
2012 Republican Party Platform


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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.

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State of the Union
James Madison Today in History
200  years  ago
James Madison
Proclamation - Calling All Citizens to Unite in Defense of the District of Columbia
September 1, 1814
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Whereas the enemy by a sudden incursion have succeeded in invading the capital of the nation, defended at the moment by troops less numerous than their own and almost entirely of the militia, during their possession of which, though for a single day only, they wantonly destroyed the public edifices, having no relation in their structure to operations of war nor used at the time for military annoyance, some of these edifices being also costly monuments of taste and of the arts, and others depositories of the public archives, not only precious to the nation as the memorials of its origin and its early transactions, but interesting to all nations as contributions to the general stock of historical instruction and political science; and

Whereas advantage has been taken of the loss of a fort more immediately guarding the neighboring town of Alexandria to place the town within the range of  ...read full document

Election Resources
The Document Archive Contains 106,809 Records
• Executive Orders 5698 • State of the Union Addresses 94
• Proclamations 6725 • State of the Union Messages 138
• Press Conferences 2023 • Inaugural Addresses 57
• Saturday Radio Addresses 1463 • Addresses to Congress (non-SOU) 49
• Fireside Chats (FDR) 27 • Addresses to Nation 247
• Veto Messages 1147 • Addresses to the United Nations 45
• Radio & TV Correspondents Dinners 38 • Addresses to Foreign Legislatures 71
• Party Convention Addresses 33 • College Commencement Addresses 158

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