Here’s what every president’s signature looks like

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Each US president’s signature appears on thousands of documents from their terms in office, including letters, executive orders, and laws.

Public signing ceremonies are a tradition in American politics where the president signs an act of Congress into law. It has many storied traditions, such as how many pens are used during the signing.

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson famously used more than 75 pens to sign the Civil Rights Act in 1964. He gifted them to supporters of the bill, including Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. From George Washington’s cursive to Donald Trump’s infamous script, take a look at every American president’s signature:


George Washington

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John Adams

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Thomas Jefferson

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James Madison

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James Monroe

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John Quincy Adams

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Andrew Jackson

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Martin Van Buren

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William Henry Harrison

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John Tyler

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James K. Polk

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Zachary Taylor

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Millard Fillmore

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Franklin Pierce

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James Buchanan

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Abraham Lincoln

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Andrew Johnson

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Ulysses S. Grant

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Rutherford B. Hayes

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James. A Garfield

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Chester A. Arthur

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Grover Cleveland

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Benjamin Harrison

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William McKinley

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Theodore Roosevelt

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

William Howard Taft

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Woodrow Wilson

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Warren G. Harding

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Calvin Coolidge

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Herbert Hoover

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Harry S. Truman

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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John F. Kennedy

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Richard Nixon

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Gerald Ford

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Jimmy Carter

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Ronald Reagan

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

George H.W. Bush

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Bill Clinton

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

George W. Bush

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Barack Obama

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

Donald Trump

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Wikimedia Commons; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider