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The American Presidency

A Glorious Burden: "As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it." President Martin Van Buren

The American Presidency

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President Richard Nixon signing a document at his desk in the Oval Office as Sammy Davis, Jr., looks on.

John F Kennedy and Joseph Kennedy Jr as children

Vintage Champagne Fever (John F Kennedy and Joseph Kennedy Jr as children)

In 1939, Nicholas Winton sent a letter to FDR asking to help him evacuate Jewish children from Czechoslovakia. Follow the link to read the story.

President and First Lady Reagan and Michael Jackson at the White House Ceremony to Launch the Campaign Against Drunk Driving on May 14, 1984.

Ronald Reagan with wife Nancy at home.

Pictures & Photos of Ronald Reagan

The Gerald Fords on their wedding day.

Theodore Roosevelt and First Lady Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt c. 1908

The Clarence Darrow Collection

Meet Bill Clinton.

President Harry S. Truman in a Hawaiian shirt in Key West

The Hawaiian Shirt Through the Decades

Barbara Bush and Friends

US First Lady Barbara Bush e Millie dog | Tutto Zampe 39239

Only about 130 photos of Lincoln are known to exist, so excitement peaked when this March 5,1865 photo was discovered in Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s family-owned album showing President Lincoln in front of the White House - especially when it could be one of the last photos taken of him before he was assassinated just one month later. The seal of photographer, Henry F. Warren appears on the back of the photograph, along with an inscription: “Lincoln in front of the White House.”

Two Notable Lincoln Artifacts Revealed

He lived in the day when the public could walk up and speak with the President and Theodore loved to talk to the people.

Theodore Roosevelt at home

First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford (front row, left to right), Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush (standing, left to right) at the dedication of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in November 1991.

On March 6, 1933 Eleanor Roosevelt held her first press conference, allowing only female reporters to attend.

A. Lincoln campaign ribbon, 1860

JFK sigining “Why England Slept” for Spencer Tracy in 1940. This is a great photo!

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't." Eleanor Roosevelt - is for Sale (My Juliette)

Harriet Lane acted as hostess for the only president who never married. James Buchanan, the 15th president. He was her uncle and guardian after she was orphaned at the age of eleven. She filled the White House with happiness and flowers, and guided its social life. She was popular & generous serving her country. This generousity benefitted John Hopkins and the Smithsonian. (White House History file)

White House History | First Ladies: HARRIET LANE

James A. Garfield, 20th President of the U.S., in a hat.

The Presidents of the United States of America

Richard Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign song and commercial, "Nixon Now." Nothing like a good jingle to spruce up a campaign!

Jackie Kennedy and Cayetana Duchess of Alba in Sevilla 1966

George and Laura Bush

Jacqueline Bouvier's wedding dress. The wedding dress was designed and made by African-American dressmaker Ann Lowe.

2004: Nancy Reagan's Final Good-Bye At Her Husband's Casket At The End Of His Funeral Before It Was Lowered.