From the Archives: Presidents as Fathers

  •  Herbert Hoover and son

    Herbert Hoover and son, Herbert Jr., at Cairo Railway Station, 1905.

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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Father's Day

    Franklin D. Roosevelt (back row, 4th from right) and Eleanor Roosevelt with their 13 grandchildren.

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  • Harry S. Truman Father's Day

    Harry S. Truman with daughter Margaret Truman in the backyard of their home in Independence, Missouri.

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  • Dwight Eisenhower Father's Day

    Dwight Eisenhower's grandson, David, enjoys a birthday party with Roy Rogers (top, far right) at the White House.

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  • John F Kennedy Father's Day

    John F. Kennedy claps while his children, Caroline and John, Jr., dance in the Oval Office of the White House.

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  • Lyndon B. Johnson Father's Day

    Lyndon B. Johnson's grandson, Patrick Lyndon Nugent, gets his first haircut in the White House Barber Shop.

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  • Richard Nixon Father's Day

    Richard Nixon and Pat Nixon with their daughters Tricia and Julie, enjoy the beach with their dog, Checkers, while on a weekend holiday in Mantoloking

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  • Gerald R. Ford Father's Day

    Gerald R. Ford, Betty Ford, and two of their children, Steve and Susan, feed "Flag" the deer at Camp David.

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  • Jimmy Carter Father's Day

    Jimmy Carter with daughter, Amy, and grandson, Jason Carter, by the tree house he designed for Amy on the White House grounds.

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  • Ronald Reagan Father's Day

    Ronald Reagan and son, Michael Reagan, building a snowman with grandchildren, Cameron Reagan and Ashley Reagan, in the White House Rose Garden.

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  • George H.W. Bush Father's Day

    George H.W. Bush plays football with his daughter, Doro, during his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Midland, Texas, 1964.

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  • Bill J. Clinton Father's Day

    William J. Clinton and daughter, Chelsea Clinton, in Chappaqua, New York.

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  • George W. Bush Father's Day

    George W. Bush holds his twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, born in Dallas, Texas.

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  • Barack Obama Father's Day

    President Barack Obama walks down the Colonnade at the White House with his arms around his daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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As you celebrate Dad this weekend, consider giving a nod to the Presidents who helped give him his own national holiday. On this day in 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first Presidential Father’s Day Proclamation. It set aside the third Sunday in June in celebration of fathers. Six years later, it became a permanent holiday by order of President Richard Nixon. Each year since then, the Presidents have issued yearly Father’s Day proclamations.

Presidents have enjoyed the day as fathers themselves, and over the years many children have enlivened the White House. Some presidents enter office as grandfathers, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt who had 13 grandchildren. Others, like current President Obama, are fathers to school age children.

In celebration of fathers everywhere, here’s an album of Presidents with the people who know them simply as “Dad” and “Granddad.” These photos are from the holdings of the Presidential Libraries of the U.S. National Archives

View the full size gallery here

Jeannie Chen is the Social Media Coordinator for the Office of Presidential Libraries at the U.S. National Archives.
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