Presidents Play!

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Presidents Play! The White House Historical Association

Presidents enjoy watching sports and playing them too! Running, swimming, basketball, tennis, sailing, fishing, golf, and even Hoover Ball are just a few of the activities that the presidents enjoy as a break from their hard work at the White House.

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John Adams 1797–1801

George Washington 1789–97

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James K. Polk 1845–49

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Chester A. Arthur 1881–85

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Warren G. Harding 1921–23

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Lyndon B. Johnson 1963–69

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Zachary Taylor 1849–50

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Calvin Coolidge 1923–29

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Richard M. Nixon 1969–74

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Thomas Jefferson 1801–09

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Millard Filmore 1850–53

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James Madison 1809–17

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James Monroe 1817–25

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Franklin Pierce 1853–57

James Buchanan 1857–61

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Benjamin Harrison 1889–93

William McKinley 1897–1901

Theodore Roosevelt 1901–09

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Herbert Hoover 1929–33

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Gerald R. Ford 1974–77

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933–45

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Jimmy Carter 1977–81

Harry S. Truman 1945–53

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Ronald Reagan 1981–89

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John Quincy Adams 1825–29

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Andrew Jackson 1829–37

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Abraham Lincoln 1861–65

Martin Van Buren 1837–41

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Andrew Johnson 1865–69

Ulysses S. Grant 1869–77

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John Tyler 1841–45

William Henry Harrison

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Rutherford B. Hayes 1877–81

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James A. Garfield 1881

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Woodrow Wilson 1913–21

William Howard Taft

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35 the white house has been the home and office to every president of the united states since john adams.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

1953–61

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George H. W. Bush 1989–93

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William J. Clinton 1993–2001

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George W. Bush 2001–09

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Barack Obama 2009–17

John F. Kennedy 1961–63

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Donald J. Trump 2017–

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Presidents Play! Sports and the White House Illustrated by John Hutton • Text by Jonathan Pliska

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I nt ro d u ct i o n Kids and adults of all ages—even the President of the United States— enjoy their favorite sports.

The president works very hard in the White House, but this big house and its yard provide a special place to take a break for exercise too. As you will learn from the stories in this book, President Abraham Lincoln rode horses and President Harry Truman liked to take long walks. President Gerald Ford liked to swim and President Bill Clinton ran outside on a track. President Barack Obama shot hoops on the basketball court and President Dwight Eisenhower putted golf balls. Presidents also welcome sports champions to the White House to celebrate their achievements. White House history is filled with sports history. In this book you will find out if there is a president who shared your favorite sport, game, or exercise to play or watch.

Stewart D. McLaurin President, White House Historical Association

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Let’s visit the White House!

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This is Lyndon Johnson in the Oval Of f ice. All the presidents work hard here.

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But sometimes they take a break to have fun and exercise, like Ronald Reagan.

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President Harry Truman took walks.

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President Bill Clinton ran on a special jogging track.

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President Abraham Lincoln rode horses.

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Father and son presidents, the George Bushes, pitched horseshoes. Sports.indd 9

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President John Quincy Adams swam in Tiber Creek.

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An indoor pool was built for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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An outdoor pool was built for President Gerald Ford.

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President John F. Kennedy enjoyed sailing on the water . . .

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. . . while President Grover Cleveland relaxed by fishing.

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Back at the White House, President Richard Nixon enjoyed bowling . . .

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. . . and President Theodore Roosevelt practiced jujitsu!

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But most sports are played outside. President Jimmy Carter liked tennis.

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President Barack Obama used the same court for basketball.

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And there is a putting green for golf, a favorite of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Sports.indd 20

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President Herbert Hoover made up a game called Hoover Ball.

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Many presidents, like Donald Trump, invite winning teams to the White House.

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And others, like President William Taf t, throw out the f irst pitch at baseball games!

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When they aren’t playing sports, presidents have fun watching them too, just like you do! Sports.indd 24

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About the Author Jonathan Pliska is a landscape historian and author of The White House Easter Egg Roll: A History for All Ages. He lives in Baltimore County, Maryland.

About the Illustrator John Hutton is a professor of art history at Salem College, where he has taught since 1990 and is the author of How to Draw the Presidents. He lives in WinstonSalem, North Carolina.

the white house historical association is a nonprofit educational organization, founded in 1961 for the purpose of enhancing the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion. All proceeds from the sale of the Association’s books and products are used to fund the acquisition of historic furnishings and art work for the permanent White House collection, assist in the preservation of public rooms, and further its educational mission. board of directors:

Frederick J. Ryan Jr., Chairman; John F. W. Rogers, Vice Chairman and Treasurer; James I. McDaniel, Secretary; Stewart D. McLaurin, President

John T. Behrendt, Michael Beschloss, Teresa Carlson, Jean Case, Janet A. Howard, Knight Kiplinger, Martha Joynt Kumar, Anita McBride, Robert M. McGee, Ann S. Stock, Ben C. Sutton Jr., Tina Tchen, Gregory W. Wendt; liaison: David Vela; ex officio: Lonnie G. Bunch III, Kaywin Feldman, David S. Ferriero, Carla Hayden, Katherine Malone-France; directors emeriti: John H. Dalton, Nancy M. Folger, Elise K. Kirk, Harry G. Robinson III, Gail Berry West Vice President of Publishing and Executive Editor: Marcia Mallet Anderson; Editorial and Production Director: Lauren McGwin; Senior Editorial and Production Manager: Kristen Hunter Mason; Editorial and Production Manager: Elyse Werling; Editorial Assistant: Rebecca Durgin; Consulting Editor: Ann Hofstra Grogg Original drawings by John Hutton are dedicated by the artist to his parents. Copyright Š 2020 by the White House Historical Association All rights reserved under international copyright conventions. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Requests for reprint permissions should be addressed to Rights and Reproductions Manager, White House Historical Association, PO Box 27624, Washington D.C. 20038.

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1

2

John Adams 1797–1801

George Washington 1789–97

11

3

12

James K. Polk 1845–49

21

Chester A. Arthur 1881–85

29

Warren G. Harding 1921–23

36

Lyndon B. Johnson 1963–69

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Zachary Taylor 1849–50

22 & 24 Grover Cleveland 1885–89, 1893–97

30

Calvin Coolidge 1923–29

37

Richard M. Nixon 1969–74

4

Thomas Jefferson 1801–09

13

Millard Filmore 1850–53

5

James Madison 1809–17

14

James Monroe 1817–25

15

Franklin Pierce 1853–57

James Buchanan 1857–61

23

25

26

Benjamin Harrison 1889–93

William McKinley 1897–1901

Theodore Roosevelt 1901–09

31

32

33

Herbert Hoover 1929–33

38

Gerald R. Ford 1974–77

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933–45

39

Jimmy Carter 1977–81

Harry S. Truman 1945–53

40

Ronald Reagan 1981–89

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7

6

John Quincy Adams 1825–29

16

Andrew Jackson 1829–37

17

Abraham Lincoln 1861–65

Andrew Johnson 1865–69

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Martin Van Buren 1837–41

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Ulysses S. Grant 1869–77

10

9

John Tyler 1841–45

William Henry Harrison

1841

19

Rutherford B. Hayes 1877–81

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20

James A. Garfield 1881

28

Woodrow Wilson 1913–21

William Howard Taft

1909–13

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35 this book belongs to:

Dwight D. Eisenhower

John F. Kennedy 1961–63

1953–61

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George H. W. Bush 1989–93

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William J. Clinton 1993–2001

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George W. Bush 2001–09

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Barack Obama 2009–17

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Donald J. Trump 2017–

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Hutton • Pliska

ISBN 978-1-950273-09-6

90000>

A publication of the White House Historical Association

Final sports cover.indd 1

9 781950 273096

Presidents Play! The White House Historical Association

Presidents enjoy watching sports and playing them too! Running, swimming, basketball, tennis, sailing, fishing, golf, and even Hoover Ball are just a few of the activities that the presidents enjoy as a break from their hard work at the White House.

Presidents Play! Illustrated by John Hutton • Text by Jonathan Pliska the white house historical association

6/23/20 10:33 AM