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  • Vice President Tyler Receives News of President Harrison's Death
    Unknown
    presidential sites & libraries
    Virginia
    prints
    engraving
    This engraving depicts Vice President John Tyler at Sherwood Forest, his plantation estate in Virginia, receiving news from a messenger regarding the death of President William Henry Harrison. On April 4, 1841, Harrison became the first president to die while in office following a battle with pneumonia. As the first vice president to unexpectedly rise to the office of the presidency, Tyler established a precedent of not merely title but also presidential power falling to the new successor. This image appears in a book titled "The Lives of the Presidents" by William O. Stoddard, published in 1886.
  • A "Powwow" at the White House
    Harper's Weekly
    delegations
    East Room
    State Floor
    engravings
    American Indians
    This wood engraving appeared in "Harper's Weekly" and is entitled "A 'Powwow' at the White House." The engraving shows President Hayes meeting with Native Americans in the East Room of the White House. Hayes hosted several Native American delegations during his time in office.
  • Capitol, Washington
    Unknown
    U.S. Capitol
    Washington, D.C.
    engraving
    This oil on tin painting by an unknown artist is replicated from a steel engraving by William Henry Bartlett. The painting is an early representation of the United States Capitol with a dusty, bare ground surrounding it. Builders, planners, and passersby are scattered across the foreground.
  • Grover Cleveland
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Grover Cleveland was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The first Democrat to be elected president after the Civil War, Cleveland served two non-consecutive presidential terms from 1885 – 1889 and from 1893 -1897. In June 1886, Cleveland became the first president to be married in the White House when he wed 21-year-old Frances Folsom in the Blue Room.
  • George W. Bush
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President George W. Bush was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. After John Quincy Adams, Bush was only the second son of a president to be elected to the position himself. Before the presidency, Bush served in the Texas Air National Guard, worked in the oil industry, managed the Texas Rangers baseball team, and was elected governor of Texas. During the first year of his administration, the nation experienced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Barack Obama
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Barack Obama was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In 2008, Barack Obama became the first African American to be elected president. Prior to his presidency, Obama worked as a community organizer and civil rights lawyer in Chicago, and served as United States Senator from Illinois. In 2009, Obama became the fourth president to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Bill Clinton
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President William J. Clinton was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Prior to becoming president in 1993, Clinton had served as attorney general and governor for the state of Arkansas. His two terms in office ended January 2001.
  • George H. W. Bush
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President George H. W. Bush was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. After having served as vice president to Ronald Reagan, Bush became the 41st President of the United States from 1989-1993. During World War II, Bush flew 58 combat missions as a naval pilot, and won the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in action. Later, he worked in the oil industry, served in the United States House of Representatives for the state of Texas, was United States ambassador to the United Nations, and director of the Central Intelligence Administration.
  • Ronald Reagan
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Ronald Reagan was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. A former Hollywood actor and governor of California, Reagan served as 40th president of the United States from 1981-1989.
  • Jimmy Carter
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Jimmy Carter was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Born into a peanut farming family in Plains, Georgia, Carter had served as state senator and governor of Georgia before he was elected president. After his presidency, Carter co-founded the Carter Center to advance human rights around the world. For his humanitarian work, he became the third United States president to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
  • Richard M. Nixon
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Richard M. Nixon was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Before becoming president in 1969, Nixon served as a navy lieutenant commander during World War II, was elected a United States Senator and member of the House of Representatives for the state of California, supported President Dwight D. Eisenhower as his vice president, and narrowly lost to John F. Kennedy during the presidential election of 1960. In August 1974, Nixon became the first president to resign in light of the Watergate Scandal.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Lyndon B. Johnson was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Johnson became president on November 22, 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Johnson served six terms in the United States House of Representatives and as a Senator from Texas before becoming vice president to Kennedy. He served as president until 1969.
  • Gerald R. Ford
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Gerald R. Ford was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Ford became president on August 9, 1974 following the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. Ford represented Michigan for 25 years in the United States House of Representatives before being chosen by his colleagues to replace Vice President Spiro T. Agnew when he resigned from office. From the position of vice president, Ford became president after Nixon's resignation.
  • John F. Kennedy
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President John F. Kennedy was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. During World War II, Kennedy earned a Navy and Marine Corps Medal for rescuing his shipmates after their PT boat was destroyed. Later he served as a United States congressman and Senator for the state of Massachusetts. He defeated then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon in the election of 1960, though his presidency was cut short with his assassination on November 22, 1963.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Franklin D. Roosevelt was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Roosevelt's early political career seemed to be cut short when he contracted polio at age 39. Though he lost the use of his legs, he nonetheless was elected governor of New York, and went on to serve four terms as president. As president, he created New Deal programs including the Civilian Conservation Corps and Social Security to help the nation recover from the Great Depression, provided a voice of guidance in days of uncertainty with his popular "Fireside Chats," and led the United States through World War II. Though first elected in 1933, he was still president when he died on April 12, 1945, at his retreat in Warm Springs, Georgia.
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Theodore Roosevelt was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. After early struggles including a sickly childhood and the loss of his first wife and mother on the same day, Roosevelt became a vigorous outdoorsman, big game hunter, and rancher. During the Spanish-American War, Roosevelt was colonel of the Rough Rider Regiment, which he led on a charge at the battle of San Juan. Roosevelt later was elected governor of New York, and served as vice president to William McKinley; he became president in 1901 following McKinley's assassination.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Dwight D. Eisenhower was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Eisenhower served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. Eisenhower came to the executive office with impressive military credentials: as a five-star Army general in World War II, he oversaw the Allies landing in North Africa in November 1942 and was supreme commander of the Allied troops during the invasion of Normandy.
  • Harry S. Truman
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Harry S. Truman was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Truman became president on April 12, 1945, following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Earlier in his career, he had served as a judge, United States Senator representing his home state of Missouri, and headed the headed the Senate War Investigating Committee during World War II. As president, he witnessed the creation of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and oversaw United States involvement in the Korean War. Truman served as president until 1953.
  • William H. Taft
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President William H. Taft was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Taft served as 27th president of the United States from 1909-1913. Before the presidency, Taft had served as a federal circuit judge, governor-general of the Philippines for President William McKinley, and as secretary of war to President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed him chief justice of the Supreme Court, an honor Taft cherished more than the presidency.
  • Calvin Coolidge
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Calvin Coolidge was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Before the presidency, Coolidge had served as lieutenant general and governor for his state of Massachusetts. Coolidge was sworn in as president in 1923 following the death of President Warren G. Harding and served until 1929.
  • Warren G. Harding
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Warren G. Harding was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Harding served as 29th president of the United States from 1921-1923. Before the presidency, Harding had worked as a newspaper publisher, and later served as lieutenant governor and United States Senator for the state of Ohio. While in San Francisco, on a tour of the Western United States, Harding died of a heart attack.
  • Herbert Hoover
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Herbert Hoover was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Before the presidency, Hoover worked as a mining engineer in China, directed the United States Food Administration during World War I, and served as secretary of commerce for presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge. Hoover served as president until 1933.
  • Woodrow Wilson
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Woodrow Wilson was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Wilson served as 28th president of the United States from 1913-1921. Prior to his election, Wilson had served as president of Princeton University and governor of New Jersey. As president, Wilson oversaw American entry into World War I and founded the League of Nations.
  • Chester A. Arthur
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Chester A. Arthur was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Arthur became president in 1881, following the assassination of President James Garfield. Before his presidency, Arthur was appointed collector of the Port of New York by President Grant in 1871. His term ended on March 4, 1885.
  • Benjamin Harrison
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President Benjamin Harrison was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. President Harrison served as the 23rd president of the United States from 1889-1893. Before the presidency, he fought as an officer for the Union during the Civil War and as a United States Senator from the state of Indiana. Harrison was the grandson of former President William Henry Harrison.