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Impact of Presidential Visits

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Bismarck, ND - In 1878, Rutherford B Hayes was the first President to visit, the then Dakota Territory.
14 of 26 Presidents that have served since Hayes, have visited North Dakota.
 But what kind of influence can a President really have, in just one day.

 Rick Collin, a Presidential historian says some visits have had more impact than others.
He points to President Bill Clinton's visit to Grand Forks following the flood of 1997 as a major boost in federal funding.
The President seeing first hand the devastation made a big difference in recovery.
Collin also says John F Kennedy's visit to North Dakota in 1963 was important.
On a flight from Grand Forks Air Force Base to UND, Kennedy and Governor Bill Guy had an impact conversation.

(Rick Collin-Presidential Historian) "Kennedy looked out over the Red River Valley and the farmland and asked Guy, what do you think North Dakotan's would think if we sold grain to the communists? And Guys said, Mr. President as long as its being sold in the pursuit and promotion of peace, we'd be all for it. Two weeks later President Kennedy announced a 250 million dollar wheat sale to the Soviet Union, and its in part because of that conversation with Governor Guy."

Some of the notable 14 Presidents to visit North Dakota are Woodrow Wilson, Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan.
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