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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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