|President||Date (click for text)||Time (EST)||Location||Words|
Pre-modern Era: Published in Newspapers (not "speeches")
|George Washington||September 19, 1796||n/a||(written)||6073|
Modern Era: Broadcast on Radio and Television
|Harry S. Truman||January 15, 1953||10:30 pm||Oval Office||3748|
|Dwight D. Eisenhower||8:30 pm||Oval Office||1843|
|John F. Kennedy||none|
|Lyndon B. Johnson *(1)||9:05 pm||House Chamber||4146|
|Richard Nixon *(2)||August 8, 1974||9:01 pm||Oval Office||1796|
|Gerald R. Ford *(3)||January 12, 1977||9:10 pm||House Chamber||4724|
|Jimmy Carter||January 14, 1981||9:00 pm||Oval Office||2167|
|Ronald Reagan||9:02 pm||Oval Office||3305|
|George Bush||January 5, 1993||1:22 pm||West Point||3298|
|William J. Clinton||8:00 pm||Oval Office||1109|
|George W. Bush||January 15, 2009||8:01 pm||East Room||1862|
|Barack Obama||9:02 pm||Chicago||4751|
|Donald Trump||January 19, 2021||videotaped||Blue Room||2773|
(1) Lyndon B. Johnson chose to deliver a "State of the Union" Address as his farewell in 1969.
(2) Richard Nixon's resignation announcement is often considered to be his "farewell" address. The next day he delivered a farewell to the White House staff. Those remarks may be considered by some to be his "farewell", and although the remarks were broadcast to the nation, the remarks are directed to his staff. These remarks are available here: "Remarks on Departure from the White House."
(3) Gerald R. Ford chose to deliver a "State of the Union" Address as his farewell in 1977.
Citation: Gerhard Peters. "Presidential Farewell Addresses." The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California. 1999-2021. Available from the World Wide Web: https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/324142