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State of the Union Addresses

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State of the Union addresses given by U.S. Presidents.

The State of the Union address is an annual speech given by the President of the United States of America to a joint session of the United States Congress.


npm install @stdlib/datasets-sotu


var sotu = require( '@stdlib/datasets-sotu' );

sotu( [options] )

Returns State of the Union addresses.

var speeches = sotu();
// returns [{...},{...},...]

Each State of the Union address is represented by an object with the following fields:

  • year: speech year.
  • name: President name.
  • party: the President's political party.
  • text: speech text.

The function accepts the following options:

  • name: a President's name or an array of names.
  • party: a political party or an array of political parties.
  • year: a year or an array of years.
  • range: two-element array specifying a year range.

To retrieve speeches by one or more Presidents, set the name option.

var speeches = sotu({
    'name': 'Barack Obama'
// returns [{...},{...},...]

speeches = sotu({
    'name': [
        'Franklin D Roosevelt',
        'Barack Obama'
// returns [{...},{...},...]

To retrieve speeches from Presidents belonging to a particular political party, set the party option.

var speeches = sotu({
    'party': 'Democratic'
// returns [{...},{...},...]

speeches = sotu({
    'party': [
// returns [{...},{...},...]

The following parties are recognized:

  • Democratic
  • Republican
  • Democratic-Republican
  • Federalist
  • National Union
  • Whig
  • Whig & Democratic
  • none

To retrieve speeches from one or more years, set the year option.

var speeches = sotu({
    'year': 2009
// returns [{...}]

speeches = sotu({
    'year': [
// returns [{...},{...}]

To specify a range of consecutive years, set the range option, where the first element corresponds to the starting year and the second element corresponds to the final year.

var speeches = sotu({
    'range': [ 2009, 2016 ]
// returns [{...},{...},...]


  • The dataset includes the addresses given by newly inaugurated presidents to a joint session of Congress in Washington during their first year in office, even though these are technically not State of the Union addresses.


var sotu = require( '@stdlib/datasets-sotu' );

var speeches;

// Get a range of speeches:
speeches = sotu({
    'range': [ 2009, 2013 ]
// returns [...]

// Get speeches by one or more Presidents:
speeches = sotu({
    'name': [
        'Abraham Lincoln',
        'William J Clinton'
console.log( 'Number of addresses by Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton: %d', speeches.length );

// Get all addresses by Presidents belonging to the Democratic Party:
speeches = sotu({
    'party': 'Democratic'
console.log( 'Number of addresses by Democrats: %d', speeches.length );


The data files (databases) are licensed under an Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication & License 1.0 and their contents are licensed under a Creative Commons Zero v1.0 Universal. State of the Union addresses are works of the United States Government and thus have no copyright protection under United States copyright law. The software is licensed under Apache License, Version 2.0.

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For more information on the project, filing bug reports and feature requests, and guidance on how to develop stdlib, see the main project repository.




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