Government Information: The Presidency

Presidential Elections

CQElectionsThe Electoral College, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is not a place. It is a process that began as part of the original design of the U.S. Constitution. The Electoral College was established by the founding fathers as a compromise between election of the president by Congress and election by popular vote. The people of the United States vote for the electors who then vote for the President. Read more about how the terms "Elector" and "Electoral College" came into usage.

The Presidency - Introduction

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.

Presidential Documents and Publications

History and Information about the Presidency

Presidential Power

Presidential Power
When Professors Kathryn Watts and Sanne Knudsen at the University of Washington School of Law began offering a class on presidential power, interest was so high - and not just from the law school - that  research librarian, Mary Whisner, created a public guide to resources and information used by the class. It's focus is presidential power and its limits.

United States Presidents

Quick overview and chronology of all United States Presidents past and current on the White House website.

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

Other Resources

Executive Orders through the Federal Register
The President of the United States manages the operations of the Executive branch of Government through Executive orders. The text of Executive orders issued since 1994 is available through this section of Federal Register.

Presidential Libraries
Each President since Hoover has a library, maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration, which serves as a repository for preserving and making accessible the papers, records, and other historical materials of his or her term in office.