Dive into the Presidency for President's Day

This President's Day, tap into your patriotic spirit by learning more about the presidency. Travel through time by reading about former Presidents, looking at George Washington in a whole new way, and flipping through photos from the past. 

Meet the Presidents

Look into the past by browsing The White House's collection of Presidential biographies. Learn about our former President's lives inside and outside of the office.

George Washington, in HD

As part of the White House’s partnership with the Google Art Project, the painting of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart that hangs in the East Room was photographed in extraordinary detail using super high resolution or "gigapixel" photo capturing technology, which enables you to study details of the brushwork and patina beyond that possible with the naked eye.

Celebrating President's Day: A Visual Trip through the Past

  • George Washington’s Personal Copy of the Acts of Congress

    George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress. His signature appears inside. (Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association)

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  • George Washington's Bookplate

    George Washington's bookplate, which he pasted inside the front cover of the Acts of Congress. (Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association)

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  • Page One of George Washington’s First Inaugural Address

    Page one of George Washington’s First Inaugural Address. (National Archives, Records of the U.S. Senate)

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  • Page Eight of George Washington’s First Inaugural Address

    Page eight of George Washington’s First Inaugural Address. (National Archives, Records of the U.S. Senate)

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  • Invitation to the 1949 Inauguration of Harry S. Truman Addressed to The President and Mrs. Truman

    Invitation to the 1949 Inauguration of Harry S. Truman addressed to The President and Mrs. Truman.

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  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon Leaving National Presbyterian Church

    President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon leaving National Presbyterian Church following a pre-inaugural service.

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  • Herbert Hoover Takes the Oath of Office

    Herbert Hoover takes the oath of office from Chief Justice (and former President) William Howard Taft.

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  • Lyndon B. Johnson’s Family Bible

    Lyndon B. Johnson’s family, which was used when he took the oath as Vice President and President.

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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Takes the Oath of Office at his First Inauguration

    Franklin D. Roosevelt takes the oath of office at his first inauguration.

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  • Richard Nixon Takes the Oath of Office, Administered by Chief Justice Warren Burger

    Richard Nixon takes the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice Warren Burger.

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  • This Bible was Used to Swear-In Gerald R. Ford as Vice President and Later as President

    This Bible was used to swear-in Gerald R. Ford as Vice President and later as President.

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  • George Bush Reviews his Speech at Blair House Prior to his Inauguration

    George H. Bush reviews his speech at Blair House prior to his inauguration.

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  • Draft of William J. Clinton’s Inaugural Address

    Draft of William J. Clinton’s Inaugural Address. The handwriting and editing marks on the page are President Clinton’s.

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  • Ronald Reagan Gives the Inaugural Address from the U.S. Capitol

    Ronald Reagan gives the Inaugural Address from the U.S. Capitol.

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  • John F. Kennedy’s Reading Copy of the Inaugural Address

    John F. Kennedy’s reading copy of the Inaugural Address. This is one of the pages President Kennedy read from at the lectern.

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  • Page Two of the Reading Copy for George W. Bush’s Second Inaugural Address

    Page two of the reading copy for George W. Bush’s second Inaugural Address. The underline marks were made by President Bush.

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  • Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Walk Down Pennsylvania Avenue During the 1977 Inaugural Parade

    Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House during the 1977 Inaugural Parade.

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  • Barack Obama Pauses to Look Back at the Scene Before Leaving the Platform

    President Obama pauses to look back before leaving the platform following the inaugural swearing-in ceremony. (Official White House P

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Check out the President's Day gallery that includes the pages from George Washington's first inaugural address and other inaugural moments from 13 Presidential Libraries.

Catching up with the Curator

Spend a few moments with Bill Allman, the White House curator, to learn about the backstory on former President Theodore Roosevelt's official portrait and the history of the Presidential Seal.

President Barack Obama 101

Finally, learn about President Obama and keep up with his administration by following @WhiteHouse on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr.

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