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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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Hoover to Obama (1929-2011)
 • The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: 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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The 25 Most Viewed Documents Since 2008
#1 John F. Kennedy
Inaugural Address
#2 Republican Party Platforms
Republican Party Platform of 1956
#3 Democratic Party Platforms
2008 Democratic Party Platform
#4 Republican Party Platforms
2008 Republican Party Platform
#5 John F. Kennedy
Executive Order 10990 - Reestablishing the Federal Safety Council
#6 Democratic Party Platforms
2012 Democratic Party Platform
#7 Republican Party Platforms
2012 Republican Party Platform
#8 George W. Bush
Address to the Nation on the Terrorist Attacks
#9 Ronald Reagan
Inaugural Address
#10 John F. Kennedy
Executive Order 11110 - Amendment of Executive Order No. 10289 as Amended, Relating to the Performance of Certain Functions Affecting the Department of the Treasury
#11 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fireside Chat on Banking
#12 Barack Obama
Inaugural Address
#13 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Letter on the Resolution of Federation of Federal Employees Against Strikes in Federal Service
#14 John F. Kennedy
Remarks at a Dinner Honoring Nobel Prize Winners of the Western Hemisphere
#15 Franklin D. Roosevelt
1944 State of the Union Message to Congress
#16 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Inaugural Address
#17 Barack Obama
Executive Order 13603 - National Defense Resources Preparedness
#18 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Executive Order 6102 - Requiring Gold Coin, Gold Bullion and Gold Certificates to Be Delivered to the Government
#19 Republican Party Platforms
Republican Party Platform of 1860
#20 George Bush
Executive Order 12803 - Infrastructure Privatization
#21 Abraham Lincoln
Inaugural Address
#22 George Washington
First Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union
#23 William J. Clinton
Inaugural Address
#24 Democratic Party Platforms
Democratic Party Platform of 1960
#25 John F. Kennedy
Address of Senator John F. Kennedy Accepting the Democratic Party Nomination for the Presidency of the United States - Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles


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Some "Firsts" and Interesting Facts at Presidential Nominating Conventions
Ballots Required to Nominate Candidates at National Conventions
List Cities That Have Hosted National Conventions
Political Party Platforms
Nomination Acceptance Speeches
Days Before or After the First Day of Convention Vice-Presidential Nominees Were Selected

The Post-Convention Bounce in Voters' Preference
  Democratic Republican
Year Convention Nominee Bounce
%
Convention Nominee Bounce
%
2016 July 25-28 Hillary Clinton TBD July 18-21 Donald Trump 3
2012 Sept. 3-6 Barack Obama 2 Aug. 27-30 Mitt Romney -1
2008 Aug. 25-28 Barack Obama 4 Sept. 1-4 John McCain 6
2004 July 26-29 John Kerry -1 Aug 30-Sep 2 George W. Bush 2
2000 Aug. 14-17 Al Gore 8 Jul 31-Aug 3 George W. Bush 8
1996 Aug. 26-29 Bill Clinton 5 Aug. 12-15 Bob Dole 3
1992 July 13-16 Bill Clinton 16 Aug. 17-20 George Bush 5
1988 July 18-21 Mike Dukakis 7 Aug. 15-18 George Bush 6
1984 July 16-19 Walter Mondale 9 Aug. 20-23 Ronald Reagan 4
1980 Aug. 11-14 Jimmy Carter 10 July 14-17 Ronald Reagan 8
1976 July 12-15 Jimmy Carter 9 Aug. 16-19 Gerald Ford 5
1972 July 10-13 George McGovern 0 Aug. 21-23 Richard Nixon 7
1968 Aug. 26-29 Hubert Humphrey 2 Aug. 5-8 Richard Nixon 5
1964 Aug. 24-27 Lyndon Johnson 3 July 13-16 Barry Goldwater 5
• 2016: Determined by the APP by using Real Clear Politics and 538.com (Nate Silver) 3-way poll averages that include Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson. The average published on the Monday of the convention week and average published the Monday following the convention week were used for comparison, and are rounded to whole integers. These averages include polling that ended the Sunday before the convention began and ending on the Sunday following the convention. Gallup no longer conducts voter preference surveys.
• 2008-2012: Determined by the APP by using poll ending on the Sunday before the convention and poll ending on the Sunday after the convention.
• 1964-2004 data determined by Gallup

Length in Words of Political Party Platforms
visit the American Presidency Project's plaform archive to view plaforms and data from 1840-2016
Harry S. Truman Today in History
68  years  ago
Harry S. Truman
Message to the Special Session of the 80th Congress
July 27, 1948
Speaker, and Members of the 80th Congress:

The urgent needs of the American people require our presence here today.

Our people demand legislative action by their Government to do two things: first, to check inflation and the rising cost of living, and second, to help in meeting the acute housing shortage.

These are matters which affect every American family. They also affect the entire world, for world peace depends upon the strength of our economy.

The Communists, both here and abroad, are counting on our present prosperity turning into a depression. They do not believe that we can--or will--put the brake on high prices. They are counting on economic collapse in this country.

If we should bring on another great depression in the United States by failing to control high prices, the world's hope for lasting peace would vanish. A depression in the United States would cut the ground from under the free nations of Europe. Economic collapse in this country would preven ...read full document

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The Document Archive Contains 118,046 Records
• Executive Orders 5759 • State of the Union Addresses 96
• Proclamations 7684   • State of the Union Messages 138
• Press Conferences 2061   • Inaugural Addresses 57
• Saturday Radio Addresses 1558   • Addresses to Congress (non-SOU) 55
• Fireside Chats (FDR) 27   • Addresses to Nation 251
• Veto Messages 1157   • Addresses to the United Nations 47
• Radio & TV Correspondents Dinners 40   • Addresses to Foreign Legislatures 74
• Party Convention Addresses 34   • College Commencement Addresses 162

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