|Creator:||United States. President.|
|Title:||U.S. Presidential letters|
|Quantity:||0.25 Linear feet (see vault)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of the signatures of twenty-seven presidents of the United States. The signatures have been pulled over time from various collections, purchases and gifts in the Hargrett Library and placed together in one collection. There are letters, autographs and signatures from John Quincy Adams, Buchanan, Coolidge, Fillmore, Garfield, Grant, Harding, Hoover, Jackson, Jefferson, Andrew Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Lincoln, Madison, Monroe, Nixon, Pierce, Polk, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Taylor, Truman, Tyler, Van Buren, Wilson, and Washington. Correspondence from others include letters from Eleanor Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Roosevelt, and Telamon Cuyler.|
The President of the United States is the chief executive office of the United States. In contrast to many countries with parliamentary forms of government, where the office of president, or head of state, is mainly ceremonial, in the United States the president is vested with great authority and is arguably the most powerful elected official in the world. The nation's founders originally intended the presidency to be a narrowly restricted institution. They distrusted executive authority because their experience with colonial governors had taught them that executive power was inimical to liberty, because they felt betrayed by the actions of George III, the king of Great Britain and Ireland, and because they considered a strong executive incompatible with the republicanism embraced in the Declaration of Independence (1776). Accordingly, their revolutionary state constitutions provided for only nominal executive branches, and the Articles of Confederation (1781-89), the first "national" constitution, established no executive branch. Encyclopedia Britannica http://www.britannica.com (Retrieved December 14, 2009)
Arranged in alphabetical order.
U. S. presidential letters. MS 956. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.