Presidents

2005 37¢ Ronald Reagan
February 6, 1911

Birth of Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois, on February 6, 1911. After a moderately successful acting career, he became America’s 40th president and is often considered an icon in the Republican Party.

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1966 6¢ Prominent Americans: Franklin D. Roosevelt
January 30, 1882

Birth of President Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York.  As president during two of the most serious events of the twentieth century – the Great Depression and World War II – FDR implemented sweeping reforms and negotiated powerful coalitions with world leaders that led to an Allied victory. 

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1960 4¢ American Credo: George Washington
January 20, 1960,

American Credo Series

On January 20, 1960, the US Post Office Department issued the first stamp in the American Credo Series. The stamps feature quotes from notable Americans, honoring “the ideals upon which America was founded.”

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1983 20¢ Civil Service
January 16, 1883

Passage of the Pendleton Civil Service Act 

On January 16, 1883, President Chester A. Arthur signed the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, making major changes to the American Civil Service System.

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1982 20¢ Horatio Alger
January 13, 1832

Birth of Horatio Alger

Horatio Alger Jr. was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on January 13, 1832. Alger was most well-known for his “rags to riches” stories that were especially popular with children.

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1875 10¢ Washington imperforate
January 8, 1790

Washington Delivers First State of the Union Address 

On January 8, 1790, President George Washington delivered the very first State of the Union address at Federal Hall in New York City. It started a long tradition that continues to this day.

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1925 17¢ Wilson, black, perf 11
December 28, 1856

Birth of Woodrow Wilson 

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia. As America’s 28th president, he let America into World War I and is considered the architect of the League of Nations.

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1997 5¢ Mountain, non-denominational, self-adhesive coil stamp
December 26, 1935

Shenandoah National Park

On December 26, 1935, Shenandoah National Park was officially established in Virginia. The park is most well-known for its 105-mile Skyline Drive.

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1963 5¢ Christmas Tree and the White House
December 24, 1923

First National Christmas Tree 

On December 24, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge lit the first national Christmas tree outside the White House. It’s a tradition that continues to this day, though it has evolved significantly over the years.

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