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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)
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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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(since 07/01/14)
#1 Ronald Reagan
Proclamation 5219 - National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day, 1984
#2 John F. Kennedy
Inaugural Address
#3 Abraham Lincoln
First Annual Message
#4 John F. Kennedy
Speech by Senator John F. Kennedy, Zionists of America Convention, Statler Hilton Hotel, New York, NY
#5 George W. Bush
Address to the Nation on the Terrorist Attacks
#6 Ronald Reagan
Inaugural Address
#7 John F. Kennedy
Executive Order 10990
#8 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Address at Madison Square Garden, New York City
#9 Republican Party Platforms
Republican Party Platform of 1956
#10 Calvin Coolidge
Address at the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, Pa.


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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
Dwight D. Eisenhower Today in History
55  years  ago
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Proclamation 3309 - Admission of the State of Hawaii into the Union
August 21, 1959
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Whereas the Congress of the United States by the act approved on March 18, 1959 (73 Stat. 4), accepted, ratified, and confirmed the constitution adopted by a vote of the people of Hawaii in an election held on November 7, 1950, and provided for the admission of the State of Hawaii into the Union on an equal footing with the other States upon compliance with certain procedural requirements specified in that act; and

Whereas it appears from the information before me that a majority of the legal votes cast at an election on June 27, 1959, were in favor of each of the propositions required to be submitted to the people of Hawaii by section 7(b) of the act of March 18, 1959; and

Whereas it further appears from information before me that a general election was held on July 28, 1959, and that the returns of the general election were made and certified as provided in  ...read full document

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The Document Archive Contains 106,559 Records
• Executive Orders 5503 • State of the Union Addresses 94
• Proclamations 6724 • State of the Union Messages 138
• Press Conferences 2022 • Inaugural Addresses 57
• Saturday Radio Addresses 1460 • 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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