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Presidential State of the Union address through the years (29 images)

By UPI Staff

The U.S. Constitution calls for the president of the United States to periodically "give to the Congress information of the state of the union.” Early U.S. presidents did this primarily through written reports, but that changed after 1913, when President Woodrow Wilson began the regular practice of delivering the speech in person. President Joe Biden will be delivering his latest address on Thursday. Here’s a look back at some of the speeches in recent history.



President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington on February 7, 2023. Biden touted his economic achievements over the past two years. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
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Biden (L) shakes hands with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. R-Calif., as he arrives to deliver the speech. Pool Photo by Jacquelyn Martin/UPI
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Special guest Brandon Tsay, the man who disarmed a mass shooting suspect in California, is introduced. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
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From left to right, Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Ketanji Brown Jackson and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley arrive for the speech. Pool Photo by Jacquelyn Martin/UPI
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