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Term: Presidential Visits to Madison


Thirteen U.S. presidents have visited Wisconsin's capital:

Ulysses S. Grant

Rutherford B. Hayes (Sept. 10, 1878, while in office, to make a speech at the State Fair)

James A. Garfield

Chester Arthur

Grover Cleveland (visited several times, including fishing trips to Lake Mendota)

William McKinley

Theodore Roosevelt (several times, including once in 1903 while he was in office)

William H. Taft

Woodrow Wilson

Warren G. Harding

Herbert Hoover (Nov. 5, 1932, while campaigning unsuccessfully for a second term)

Harry Truman (on Oct. 15, 1948, while campaigning, and as president on May 14, 1950  to give an address at the UW-Madison Field House)

Bill Clinton (on Oct. 1, 1992, while campaigning, and on Feb. 14, 2008, to campaign for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton).

Other presidents visited elsewhere in the state, beginning with Zachary Taylor, who was a military officer in Green Bay, Portage, and Prairie du Chien from 1817-1836. Abraham Lincoln visited the state several times, beginning with his service in the Black Hawk War during the summer of 1832.

[Source: Wisconsin State Journal, May 14, 1950, and Nov. 4, 2009]

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Packing-the-rigging (logging)
Packs (logging)
paczki (food)
pad (farming)
paddock (farming)
Pail and Shovel Party
Paleoindian culture (archaeology)
panary (farming)
Panic of 1837
pantograph (railroads)
paper industry in Wisconsin
Paramount records
parfleche (Fr.)
Parkman Club
parole (military)
parterre (farming)
pastern (farming)
pasteurization (dairy)
pays d'en haut (Fr.)
Pearl Fishing
Pearl-diver (logging)
Peavey (logging)
peavey (logging)
Peckatonica River
pelleterie (Fr.)
per diem (railroads)
perche (Fr.)
period revival (architecture)
Perryville, Battle of
Peshtigo Fire
Petersburg, Siege of
Petrified Man Hoax
Pewit's Nest
Phoenix (shipwreck, 1847)
piastre (Fr.)
Piastre (Fr.)
Picture(d) Rocks, Michigan
Pie-fork (logging)
piece (Fr.)
pied (Fr.)
Pike Creek
Pike-pole (logging)
pillage (Civil War)
pilothouse (maritime)
Pine Bend
pinte (Fr.)
pirogue (Fr.)
pistole (Fr.)
piston (railroads)
plank road
plants, native
plate (maritime)
Platoon (Civil War)
pledget (farming)
plomb (Fr.)
Plumb Plan
plunder (Civil War)
plus (Fr.)
Pokelogan (logging)
Pole-ax (logging)
Political Equality League
pollard (farming)
pontoon (Civil War)
pony boiler (maritime)
Poor-box (logging)
population of Wisconsin, 1820-1990
port (maritime)
Port Gibson, Battle of
Port Hudson, Siege of
Portage City Guards (Civil War)
pot (Fr.)
Potosi Badgers (Civil War)
Potter Law (1874)
pottery and earthenware industry in Wisconsin
pouce (Fr.)
Prairie du Chien, Battle of (1814)
Prairie Grove, Battle of
Prairie School (architecture)
Pre-exemption Law (1841)
Presidential Visits to Madison
primary elections in Wisconsin
primary rocks (mining)
prisons in Wisconsin
private (Civil War)
Prize-logs (logging)
probang (farming)
Progressive Movement
Project Sanguine
Puan, Puans, Puants
puddingstone (mining)
Punk (logging)
put about (maritime)
pyrites (mining)

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