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Presidential visits to Madison, WI

In light of today’s POTUS visit, check out these past presidential 608 visits.

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Madison’s last Presidential visit was in 2012 by Barack Obama.

Photo by John Kees via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

It’s been over 10 years since the last time a sitting president paid a visit to the 608. Today, Joe Biden is breaking that streak as he stops by to chat about economic plans in the wake of last night’s State of the Union Address.

Here are a few other presidential guests that have visited Madison in the past:

  • Grover Cleveland | Several visits | President Grover Cleveland enjoyed bass fishing on Lake Mendota.
  • Bill Clinton | Oct. 1, 1992 and Feb. 14, 2008 | Rallying for both himself and Hillary, Bill has made a couple of visits to Madison — the University of Wisconsin’s Stock Pavilion being one of his stops.
  • Rutherford B. Hayes | Sept. 10, 1878 | Rutherford was reported to have spent quite a bit of time mingling discussing politics at the university’s Ladies Hall.
  • John F. Kennedy | Oct. 23, 1960 | JFK’s campaign speech drew a crowd that filled the Wisconsin Field House.
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