Farewell Addresses (Washington 1796, Jackson 1837 & Truman 1953 through Obama 2017)

 

President Date (click for text)  Time (EST) Location Words

Pre-modern Era: Publlished in Newspapers (not "speeches")

George Washington September 19, 1796 n/a (written) 6073
 
Andrew Jackson

March 4, 1837

n/a (written) 8247
 

Modern Era: Broadcast on Radio and Television

Harry S. Truman January 15, 1953 10:30 pm Oval Office 3748
 
Dwight D. Eisenhower

January 17, 1961

8:30 pm Oval Office 1843
 
John F. Kennedy none  
 
Lyndon B. Johnson *(1)

January 14, 1969

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

January 11, 1989

9:02 pm Oval Office 3305
 
George Bush January 5, 1993 1:22 pm West Point 3298
 
William J. Clinton

January 18, 2001

8:00 pm Oval Office 1109
 
George W. Bush January 15, 2009 8:01 pm East Room 1862
 
Barack Obama

January 10, 2017

9:02 pm Chicago 4751

 

 


Notes:
(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: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=4325
(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. 1999-2017. Available from the World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/farewell_addresses.php.