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Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution states that "the executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America." The President is both the head of state and the head of government of the United States of America, and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. Under Article II of the Constitution, the President is responsible for the execution and enforcement of the laws created by Congress.

Use the resources on this page to find documents and publications written and delivered by the President, and to find resources to guide your study  and research of this office.

A guide on Presidential Power prepared by the Gallagher Law Library presents readings on this timely topic. Another from Purdue University Library addresses the 2017 Presidential Transition.

Presidential Documents and Publications

For a simplified, clear approach to free resources, start with U.S. Presidential Documents, prepared by the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library.

History and Information about the Presidency

United States Presidents

Drawing of a portrait of President George Washington.

image of George Washington from the collections at the Library of Congress.

Consult The Presidents on the White House website for a quick overview and chronology of all United States Presidents past and current

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