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State of the Union Addresses
  State of the Union Addresses of the American Presidents

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." Article 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:

George Washington 1790, 1790 Dec, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, 1796 

John Adams 1797, 1798, 1799, 1800 

Thomas Jefferson 1801, 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808 

James Madison 1809, 1810, 1811, 1812, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1816

James Monroe 1817, 1818, 1819, 1820, 1821, 1822, 1823, 1824

John Quincy Adams 1825, 1826, 1827, 1828

Andrew Jackson 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835, 1836

Martin Van Buren 1837, 1838, 1839, 1840 

William Henry Harrison  None

John Tyler 1841, 1842, 1843, 1844

James Knox Polk 1845, 1846, 1847, 1848

Zachary Taylor 1849 

Millard Fillmore  1850, 1851, 1852

Franklin Pierce 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856

James Buchanan 1857, 1858, 1859, 1860 

Abraham Lincoln 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864 

Andrew Johnson 1865, 1866, 1867, 1868

Ulyssess S. Grant 1869, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876

Rutherford B. Hayes 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880

James A. Garfield   None 

Chester Arthur 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884

Grover Cleveland 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888

Benjamin Harrison 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892

Grover Cleveland 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896

William McKinley 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900

Theodore Roosevelt 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908

William Howard Taft  1909, 1910, 1911, 1912

Woodrow Wilson  1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920

Warren G. Harding  1921, 1922

Calvin Coolidge 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928

Herbert Hoover 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945

Harry S. Truman 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953 

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 

John F. Kennedy 1961, 1962, 1963

Lyndon B. Johnson 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 

Richard M. Nixon 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 

Gerald Ford 1975, 1976, 1977

Jimmy Carter 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 

Ronald Reagan 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988

George Bush 1989 (*), 1990, 1991, 1992 

Bill Clinton 1993 (*), 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

George W. Bush 2001(*), 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

* 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. 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 

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