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Use these links to find information about presidential documents, the U.S. Presidents, and Presidential Libraries.

American Presidents: Life Portraits
This site was created to complement C-SPAN's television series of the same name. It is searchable by president's name.
Colonial Hall: A Look at America's Founders
Includes biographies of 103 founding fathers, as well as a "Featured Founder" and trivia.

A Guide to Web Resources for the Study of the History of the Modern Presidency
This site is designed and maintained by Professor Robert Griff for an undergraduate history class at American University. It has an extensive list of links about the presidency and selected presidents.

POTUS: Presidents of the United States
Background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and points of interest for each president. Includes links to useful sites.

Sponsored by the Leadership Information Archives, this site is designed to improve access to the presidential libraries.

The President as Commander-in-Chief
By Kahlil Chism, this Calendar of Events feature article highlights the documents of Presidents "who have had to exercise their powers as Commander-in-Chief at the outbreak of war."

The Presidential Appointee Initiative
The Presidential Appointee Initiative, a Brookings Institute site, features the handbook, A Survivor's Guide for Presidential Nominees.

Presidential Speech Archive
From the Speech Communication Department at Texas A & M, this site offers recordings of famous speeches from many presidents.

Presidents of the United States: Trivia
The Internet Public Library (IPL) collects Frequently Asked Questions to post to this interesting site.

Standing in for the President
This article, published in the Summer 1999 issue of Prologue, looks at the role of the Presidents' press secretary.

A Survivor's Guide for Presidential Nominations
The Brookings Institute sponsors this site for Presidential appointees.

With Easter Monday You Get Egg Roll at the White House
This article by C.L. Arbelbide was published in the Spring 2000 issue of Prologue.

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George W. Bush's Inaugural Address
The full text of President Bush's January, 2001 Inaugural Address.

The Fifty-Third Inauguration: Clinton's Second Term Begins
Photographs and reports from the second inauguration of Bill Clinton. Of interest is the "First-time Events at Presidential Inaugurations" page.

"I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations
This Library of Congress American Memory site is a collection of approximately 2000 digital files from all of the 52 inaugurations from George Washington's in 1791 to William Clinton's in 1997, and will include items from the 53rd inauguration of 2001.

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the U.S.
Lists the presidents in chronological order, and a link tells the story of the presidents who were not inaugurated.

Inaugural Quiz
A National Archives site. Entertaining quiz to test your knowledge of inaugural trivia.

Presidential Inaugurals: Historical Perspective
A transcript of the PBS show in which the NewsHour's historians Michael Beschloss, Haynes Johnson, Steven Ambrose, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Roger Wilkins talk to Margaret Warner about the history of inaugurations.

The Presidential Inaugural
This Smithsonian web site features photographs of Reagan, Bush, and Clinton Inaugurations.

Presidential Inaugurations Quiz
Test your knowledge about past Presidential inaugurations in this activity, designed by the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library.

Records of Presidential Inaugural Committees
Record Group 274, 1933-1989. Held at the National Archives.
From the first inauguration through the most recent, follow the history of the nation's highest office.

Who's Who and What's What: See what you know about Presidential Inaugurations.
This inauguration quiz is designed by New York Times "trivia masters" Ray Hamel and Dave Schreiner.

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The 25th Amendment

Abrupt Transition
This article, published in the Winter 2000 issue of Prologue, discusses the change in inauguration fanfare when a Vice-President must quickly been sworn into office.

Amendment XXV
This site includes the actual wording of the amendment.

Capitol Questions
This particular question deals with the order of succession as covered in the 25th Amendment. The answer gives a short summary of the concerns precipitating the passage of the amendment.

Ford talks on presidential disability
Former President Gerald Ford gave the keynote address on presidential disability to a Wake Forest symposium in 1995 where the Working Group on Presidential Disability convened.

Presidential Illness and the 25th Amendment
The Brookings Institution's Annenberg Presidential Series included the comments of a number of distinguished panelists who explored the 25th Amendment. It is full of historical facts and medical notes relating to the amendment.

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Selected Presidents

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First Ladies

First Ladies of the United States
This site links to First Lady biographies and a First Ladies bibliography.
The First Ladies of the U.S.A.
Links to biographical information about each First Lady, including portraits. Published by the White House Historical Association.
National First Ladies' Library
The website for the first and only facility of its kind, its purpose is to educate the world about the contributions of the First Ladies and other important women in history.
Office of the First Lady of the U.S.A.
The home page for First Lady Laura Welch Bush includes a biography and a photo of the First Lady.
Office of Mrs. Cheney
The home page for the Wife of the Vice President, Lynne V. Cheney. Includes a photo and a biography relating to Mrs. Cheney's works.
Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies
Formal and informal portraits of the First Families from the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Includes at least one likeness of the forty-one Presidents and most of the First Ladies.
The Dolley Madison Project
A complete on-line edition of her existing letters as a fully searchable digital archive. Dolley Madison was the first First Lady to serve in Washington, D.C.

Portraits and Photographs of Presidents and First Ladies
By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies
The Library of Congress has compiled this reference aid of formal and informal pictures.
By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies
The Library of Congress has compiled this reference aid of formal and informal pictures.
Portraits of the Presidents from the National Portrait Gallery
This new online exhibit features 61 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other likenesses of the Presidents.
Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies 1789-Present
This Library of Congress site maintains this reference collection of formal and informal pictures of the Presidents and First Ladies.
Presidential Portraits by Chas Fagan
This site complements C-SPAN's television series, "American Presidents: Life Portraits."

Salaries and Retirement Benefits of U.S. Presidents
Salaries and Retirement Benefits of U.S. Presidents and other Federal Government Employees
This Internet Public Library website features salary information for current and past Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and government officials.
Presidential and Vice Presidential Salaries Exclusive of Perquisites
Historical data taken for Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the Presidency.

Presidential Documents on National Archives Web Sites
Presidential Documents on National Archives web sites
This National Archives web site has links to Executive Orders, Proclamations, and other Presidential documents.

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