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Where are the presidential libraries - and when the locations were chosen

When word started to spread that President Barack Obama had chosen Chicago as the site of his presidential library Thursday, April 30, about 630 days remained in his presidency. A few less than that will remain when the official announcement is expected in the early May. That puts Obama right in the middle of recent presidents, ahead of George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan but behind George H.W. and Bill Clinton.

WHEN RECENT PRESIDENTS HAVE CHOSEN LIBRARY LOCATION

President Days before end of presidency when site was chosen Location announcement Library dedicated
George W. Bush 333 Feb. 22, 2008: Southern Methodist University in Dallas selected. April 25, 2013: George W. Bush Presidential Center dedicated.
Bill Clinton 1,170 September 1997: Clinton informally announces Little Rock, Ark., location, followed by formal announcement Nov. 7. Nov. 18, 2004:Clinton Presidential Center dedicated.
George H.W. Bush 628 May 3, 1991: Site at Texas A&M University in College Station announced. Nov. 6, 1997: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum dedicated.
Ronald Reagan 434 Nov. 13, 1987: Site in Simi Valley, Calif., selected. Nov. 4, 1991: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library dedicated.

GEORGE W. BUSH

  • Presidency: Jan. 20, 2001 to Jan. 20, 2009
  • Days before end of presidency when site was chosen: 333
  • Date chosen: Feb. 22, 2008, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas selected.
  • Date dedicated:: April 25, 2013, George W. Bush Presidential Center dedicated.

BILL CLINTON

  • Presidency: Jan. 20, 1993 to Jan. 20, 2001
  • Days before end of presidency when site was chosen: 1,170
  • Date chosen: September 1997, Clinton informally announces Little Rock, Ark., location followed by formal announcement Nov. 7.
  • Date dedicated: Nov. 18, 2004, Clinton Presidential Center dedicated.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH

  • Presidency: Jan. 20 1989 to Jan. 20, 1993
  • Days before end of presidency when site was chosen: 628
  • Date chosen: May 3, 1991, site at Texas A&M University in College Station announced.
  • Date dedicated: Nov. 6, 1997, George Bush Library and Museum dedicated.

RONALD REAGAN

  • Presidency: Jan. 20, 1981 to Jan. 20 1989
  • Days before end of presidency when site was chosen: 434
  • Date chosen: Nov. 13, 1987,site in Simi Valley, Calif. selected.
  • Date dedicated: Nov. 4, 1991, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library dedicated.

LOCATIONS OF PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES

With size in square feet and visitors in 2013

Sources: National Archives, Library of Congress, Southern Methodist University, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Tribune reporting

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