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The Presidential College Football Games

By Cecil Stoughton [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In doing my various researches into college football history I've occasionally come across a mention of the President of the United States in attendence at a particular game. Usually this is the Army vs Navy game in his role as Commander in Chief but there have been notable exceptions, with the epic 1969 Texas vs Arkansas tilt being the most famous.

What I've never seen is any kind of comprehensive tally of these games. So I am starting this post as an effort to rectify this somewhat. I've jotted down the games I know of and I'd like to build on this if possible. If you know of a POTUS-attended game, please let me know in the comments (and provide a link to the source if you have it) and I'll add it on. A list by school is at the bottom.

Barack Obama

Dec. 10, 2011: Army vs Navy
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
(with VP Joe Biden)

George W. Bush

Dec. 6, 2008: Army vs Navy
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

Dec. 4, 2004: Army vs Navy
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

Dec. 1, 2001: Army vs Navy
Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Bill Clinton

Sept. 27, 1997: Arkansas vs Louisiana Tech
War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock, AR

Dec. 7, 1996: Army vs Navy
Veteran's Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Jimmy Carter

Jan. 1, 1981: The Sugar Bowl, Georgia vs Notre Dame
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA

Nov. 12, 1977: Navy vs Georgia Tech
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

Gerald Ford

Oct. 23, 1976, South Carolina vs Notre Dame
Williams-Brice Stadium, Colombia, SC

Oct. 9, 1976, Texas vs Oklahoma
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX

Nov. 11, 1974: Army vs Navy
John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Richard Nixon

Dec. 6, 1969: Texas vs Arkansas
Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR

John F. Kennedy

Jan. 1, 1963: The Orange Bowl, Alabama vs. Oklahoma
Miami Orange Bowl Stadium, Miami, FL
(as president-elect)

Dec. 1, 1962: Army vs Navy
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Dec. 2, 1961: Army vs Navy
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
(with VP Lynden Johnson)

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Nov. 30, 1957, Army vs Navy
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Harry S Truman

Nov. 29, 1952, Army vs Navy
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Dec. 2, 1950, Army vs Navy
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Nov. 26, 1949, Army vs Navy
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Nov. 27, 1948, Army vs Navy
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Nov. 29, 1947, Army vs Navy
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Nov. 30, 1946, Army vs Navy
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Dec. 1, 1945, Army vs Navy
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Calvin Coolidge

Nov. 27, 1926, Army vs Navy
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

Woodrow Wilson

Nov. 29, 1913, Army vs Navy
The Polo Grounds, New York, NY

William Howard Taft

Nov. 16, 1909, Tulane vs Ole Miss
New Orleans, LA

Oct. 30, 1909, LSU vs Sewanee
New Orleans, LA

Theodore Roosevelt

Dec. 2, 1905, Army vs Navy
Osborne Field, Princeton, NJ

Nov. 29, 1902, Army vs Navy
Franklin Field, Philadelphia, PA

Nov. 30, 1901, Army vs Navy
Franklin Field, Philadelphia, PA

Navy 22 T Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Coolidge, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Ford, Carter, Clinton, GW Bush, Obama
Army 21 T Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Coolidge, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Ford, Clinton, GW Bush, Obama
Arkansas 2 Nixon, Clinton
Notre Dame 2 Ford, Carter
Oklahoma 2 Kennedy, Ford
Alabama 1 Kennedy
Georgia 1 Carter
Georgia Tech 1 Carter
Louisiana Tech 1 Clinton
LSU 1 Taft
Ole Miss 1 Taft
Sewanee 1 Taft
South Carolina 1 Ford
Texas 1 Nixon
Tulane 1 Taft

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