Presidents and Their Pianos Both In And Out Of The Whitehouse

Posted on: Monday, February 17th, 2020  In: Blog

what kind of piano does/did your favorite President own?

 

George Washington (1789 – 1797) owned a Longman & Broderi Harpsichord (Sr. #735) and a Schoen & Vinsen Pianoforte

John Adams (1797 – 1801) owned a Currier & Company piano

Thomas Jefferson (1801 – 1809) owned an Astor Pianoforte, he also played the violin

James Madison (1809 – 1817) owned a Square Grand but the official name was destroyed by a fire

James Monroe (1817 – 1825) owned an Astor Piano

John Quincy Adams (1825 – 1829) owned a Currier & Company piano, believed to be passed down from his father. He also played the flute

Andrew Jackson (1829 – 1837) owned a T. Gilbert & Company Square Piano

Martin Van Buren (1837 – 1841) owned a Hallet & Cumston Square Piano (Sr. #9926)

William Henry Harrison (1841) owned a Haines Brothers (Sr. #1890)

John Tyler (1841 – 1845) owned a Thomas Tomkinson Upright Piano

James Knox Polk (1845 – 1849) owned an Astor & Hardwood Square Piano

Zachary Taylor (1849 – 1850) name unknown

Millard Fillmore (1850 – 1853) owned a Boardman & Gray Square Piano, (Sr. #2731)

Franklin Pierce (1853 – 1857) owned a Chickering Square Grand Piano

James Buchanan (1857 – 1861) owned a Chickering Grand Piano

Abraham Lincoln (1861 – 1865) owned a Chickering Square Grand Piano and Chickering Upright

Andrew Johnson (1865 – 1869) owned a Steinway & Sons Square Grand Piano

Ulysses S. Grant (1869 – 1877) owned a Melodeon (accordion), name unknown

Rutherford B. Hayes (1877 – 1881) owned a Bradbury Upright and a Baldwin Grand

James A. Garfield (1881) owned a Hallet, Davis & Company Upright

Chester A. Arthur (1881 – 1885) name unknown

Grover Cleveland (1885 – 1889) owned a Combination Piano & Harpsichord, brand name destroyed by fire

Benjamin Harrison (1889 – 1893) owned a J. & C. Fischer Upright and Haines Brothers Square Grand Piano

Grover Cleveland (1893 – 1897) owned a Combination Piano & Harpsichord, brand name destroyed by fire

William McKinley (1897 – 1901) owned a A. H. Gale Co. Square Grand Piano

Theodore Roosevelt (1901 – 1909) owned a Chickering Upright and in 1903 for Steinway’s 50th anniversary, the manufacturer gifted a beautiful art-case grand to Theodore Roosevelt

William Howard Taft (1909 – 1913) owned a Baldwin Grand Piano

Woodrow Wilson (1913 – 1921) owned an Ernst Rosenkranstz Square Grand, a Steinway Grand Piano (Sr. #68035), and a Knabe Grand Piano. He also played violin and sang

Warren G. Harding (1921 – 1923) owned an A. B. Chase Electric Player. He is believed to have played almost every instrument, with the exception of a few including the E♭ clarinet and the slide trombone

Calvin Coolidge (1923 – 1929) owned a Sohmer Upright Piano

Herbert Hoover (1929 – 1933) owned a Knabe Grand Piano and an A. B. Chase Grand Piano

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933 – 1945) owned a Hardman Grand Piano. Theodore Roosevelt’s grand was replaced in 1938, with a design by Eric Gugler gifted to Franklin D Roosevelt.

Harry S. Truman (1945 – 1953) owned a Steinway Grand Piano, a Baldwin Grand Piano, and a Steinway Upright. President Truman was actually a very skilled pianist himself

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 – 1961) owned a Hallet & Cumston Upright

John F. Kennedy (1961 – 1963) owned an Ivers & Pond Grand Piano

Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 – 1969) owned a Steinway Grand Piano at L.B.J Library, and a Knabe Console at his home in Texas

Richard M. Nixon (1969 – 1974) owned a Geo. P. Bent Upright growing up as a pianist, then bought a 1975 Baldwin Vertical in San Clemente, California and had a Baldwin at the Whitehouse.

Gerald Ford (1974 – 1977) did not own a personal piano

Jimmy Carter (1977 – 1981) owned a Ludden & Bates piano

Ronald Reagan (1981 – 1989) owned a Steinway Grand Piano

George H. W. Bush (1989 – 1993) owned a Conover Cable and Winter Musette, both located at his home in Maine

Bill Clinton (1993 – 2001) owned a Baldwin Grand in the Governor’s Mansion in Arkansas and at the Whitehouse. He also played the saxophone

George W. Bush (2001 – 2009) owned a Steinway Grand only in the White House, did not own a personal piano at his ranch in Texas

Barack H. Obama (2009 – 2017) owned a Steinway Grand Piano, which was moved into the White House from their Chicago home

Donald J. Trump (2017 – ) shows no record of personal piano ownership.

 

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