State of the Union Addresses of the American
The State of the Union is an annual address presented before a joint
session of Congress and held in the House of Representatives Chamber at
the U.S. Capitol. The address not only reports on the condition of the
nation, but also allows the president to outline his/her legislative agenda
and national priorities to Congress.
The Constitution says, ""The President shall from time to time give
to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their
Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."
II, Sec. 3, U.S. Constitution
Prior to the 20th Century, the State of the Union was referred to as
the President's Annual Message. It was often delivered as a written
report to Congress where a clerk would read it. As the President's
Annual Message is in fact an earlier name for the State of the Union, all
of these are labeled as State of the Union Addresses at this site.
Here are the State of the Union Addresses of the American Presidents:
* Note that these speeches are not officially listed as State of the
Union Addresses. Regardless, they were perceived as being State of the
Union Addresses by the press and the public at the time they were delivered
and are commonly remembered as being State of the Union Addresses. They
are accordingly treated as such by this site.