North Dakota Earns Presidential Notice

President Bush's planned stop in North Dakota this week will be his second visit to the state as commander in chief. Bush will be in Fargo on Thursday to push his Social Security (search) plan.

Bush last visited North Dakota in 2001, to push his tax cut proposal. He spoke before about 11,000 people at the Bison Sports Arena in Fargo.

The visit made him the 11th sitting president to visit North Dakota.

Bill Clinton surveyed the damage of the 1997 Grand Forks flood (search) from a helicopter and made a speech at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Former President George H.W. Bush spoke in Bismarck in 1989 and planted a tree at the Capitol.

Theodore Roosevelt, who spent time in the Badlands as a ranch owner in the late 1800s, visited Bismarck as president in 1903. He traveled from the train depot to the Capitol grounds by carriage, and made a speech from a Capitol balcony.

Woodrow Wilson visited in 1919.

Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the state twice, in 1934 and 1944. Harry Truman also visited twice, in 1950 and 1952.

Dwight Eisenhower toured the new Garrison Dam (search) in 1953, and then made a trip south to Bismarck.

John F. Kennedy came to North Dakota in 1963.

Richard Nixon gave a speech at the Bismarck Airport terminal in 1970. And Ronald Reagan visited the state in 1986.

Rutherford Hayes, Chester Arthur and Grover Cleveland came to Bismarck when the state was still Dakota Territory.