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Howard Taft 1909-1913

Howard Taft 1909-1913

In 1912 while President and Mrs. Taft were away on an inspection of the Panama Canal, their children Robert (22) and Helen (20) hosted the family celebrations and held a Christmas tree party in the Blue Room for their young cousins. The huge tree decorated with thousands of electric lights, set a precedent for decorating a tree on the State Floor for guests.

Although absent, President and Mrs. Taft still provided gifts for friends and each employee of the White House received a fat turkey, a practice began by presidents in the nineteenth century.

Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921 (Buying Christmas Seals)

Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921 (Buying Christmas Seals)

Warren G. Harding 1921-1923

Warren G. Harding 1921-1923 (Buying Seals for his White House Christmas Cards from a Girl with Tuberculosis)




Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929

Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929

Herbert Hoover 1929-1933

Herbert Hoover 1929-1933

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945

Harry S. Truman 1945-1953

Harry S. Truman 1945-1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953-1961

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953-1961

John F. Kennedy 1961-1963

John F. Kennedy 1961-1963




Lyndon B. Johnson 1963-1969

Lyndon B. Johnson 1963-1969

Richard Nixon 1969-1974

Richard Nixon 1969-1974

Gerald Ford 1974-1977

Gerald Ford 1974-1977

Jimmy Carter 1977-1981

Jimmy Carter 1977-1981

Ronald Reagan 1981-1989

Ronald Reagan 1981-1989

George H. W. Bush 1989-1993

George H. W. Bush 1989-1993

Bill Clinton 1993-2001

Bill Clinton 1993-2001

George W. Bush 2001-2009

George W. Bush 2001-2009

Barack Obama 2009-

Barack Obama 2009-




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