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October 18, 2010

Before Obama, three U.S. presidents visited the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota will welcome President Barack Obama when he visits on October 23. He is the fourth sitting U.S. president to visit the Twin Cities campus, beginning with Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.

Theodore Roosevelt
The first president to visit the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus was Theodore Roosevelt. He delivered a speech there on Saturday, April 4, 1903. The 4,000 people who filled the University's armory that evening were only one-third of those who had sought tickets to see the president.

William Howard Taft
President William Howard Taft spoke at the University on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1911. An article the next day in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune said that in his address Taft "spoke fondly" of the work of Cyrus Northrop who had retired earlier that year as the University's president. Taft's references to Northrop were "cheered by the students."

George W. Bush
President George W. Bush visited the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center July 11, 2002. He and University president Mark Yudof took part in a roundtable discussion on advances in research, new drug therapies and ways to improve care.

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U of M statement regarding visit by President Obama on Saturday, Oct. 23