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President Barack Obama arrived in Utah on Thursday night, making his first visit to the state as president and joining a long list of presidents who have come to the Beehive State.

James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland and Calvin Coolidge are among the handful of presidents who did not make an appearance in Utah since Ulysses S. Grant became the first to visit in 1875.

Here's a look at presidents of the United States who have visited the Beehive State — starting with photographs from as far back as 1880 and working up to 2015 — for business, politicking and pleasure.

>> Former President Ronald Reagan displays a BYU Cougars sweat shirt presented to him after his speech on Feb. 15, 1991

Rutherford B. Hayes, 1880
Utah State Historical Society

Rutherford B. Hayes was the second president to visit Utah, following President Ulysses S. Grant's 1875 visit. He is seen standing in this photo taken at Fort Douglas.

Theodore Roosevelt, 1903
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President Theodore Roosevelt is shown in this photo during a visit to Ogden, Utah, on May 29, 1903. From left to right are shown Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Tracy, President Roosevelt and Utah's Sen. Reed Smoot. Roosevelt defended Smoot to the Senate and the Nation when his seating as a Senator was questioned.

William Howard Taft, 1909
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President William Howard Taft visit to Utah on September 24-26, 1909. President Taft is shown here speaking to Utah's Gov. William Spry on his way into town from the train depot. Major Archibald Butt, the president's military aide, sits just in front. Butt was lost on the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

William Howard Taft, 1909
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President William Howard Taft, during a visit to Utah in Sept. 1909, rides down the street with Utah Gov. William Spry. Schoolchildren sing for the president on South Temple Street.

William Howard Taft, 1909
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Governor William Spry and President William Howard Taft arrive at the Salt Lake Country Club, September 1909.

William Howard Taft, 1909
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President William Howard Taft is shown here taking a tee shot at the Salt Lake Country Club in September of 1909. Taft was an avid golfer.

William Howard Taft, 1909
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President William Howard Taft visited Utah from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26, 1909. In this photo, President Taft speaks to the citizens of Utah from the rear of his special presidential train. Taft had the nickname of "Big Bill" because he weighed in at 330 pounds He is the only president to have also served as the Chief Justice of the United States.

William Howard Taft, 1909
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President William Howard Taft departs his car for an event in Salt Lake City during his visit to Utah. Taft was in town from Sept. 24 through Sept. 26 in 1909.

William Howard Taft, 1911
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President William Howard Taft addresses a large crowd at the Utah State Fair grounds in October 1911.

Woodrow Wilson, 1919
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President Woodrow Wilson greets Ogden officials on his arrival at the depot, September 23, 1919.

Warren G. Harding
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President Warren G. Harding speaks during a visit to Utah.

Warren G. Harding, 1923
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In June 1923, President Warren G. Harding tries the links at the Salt Lake Country Club.

Warren G. Harding, 1923
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The first women born in the Salt Lake Valley, Elizabeth Stapley, (left) is shown here with with Mrs. Harding and President Warren G. Harding in June of 1923.

Calvin Coolidge, 1927
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Calvin Coolidge is one of a handful of presidents after Ulysses S. Grant who failed to visit Utah. However, he still had plenty of contact with representatives from the state. Coolidge is seen here conferring with Utah Sen. Reed Smoot, left, and Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon. This photo was taken in 1927 in Northhampton, Mass.

Hebert Hoover, 1932
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President Herbert Hoover is shown here during a visit to Utah. He came to the state in Nov. 1932.

According to a 2009 Deseret News article, "Hoover's single visit to the Beehive State as president came when he was en route to California, where he would vote in the presidential election. At a railroad stop in Salt Lake City, he addressed a crowd, then continued on the trip. The next day he lost the election to Franklin D. Roosevelt."

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932
Associated Press

While campaigning in the presidential election, then-Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York visited Salt Lake City on Sept. 18, 1932. In this photo, FDR is greeted by Governor Harry Dern of Utah.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932
Associated Press

During his 1932 campaigning in Utah, then-Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke to 12,000 people in his second major address of his western presidential campaign tour. He is shown here giving that speech on the platform in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1935
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt stopped in Salt Lake in Sept. 1935, where thousands of people came to hear him speak at the Union Pacific Station while on a short stop.

Harry S. Truman, 1952
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In this October 1952 photo, President Harry S. Truman addresses a Brigham Young University crowd while campaigning in support of Adlai Stevenson's presidential bid. LDS President David O. McKay (white hair visible at lower center) sat on the platform at Mr. Truman's right.

Dwight D. Eisenhower
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President Dwight D. Eisenhower is shown during a visit to Utah in this photo.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960
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Although this photo of President Dwight D. Eisenhower was not taken in Utah, it does have a Utah connection as Eisenhower shakes hands with Princess Shabnaz, daughter of Iran's ruler Shah Mohammed Reza and wife of the new Iranian ambassador to the United States, Ardeshir Zahedi, who was a graduate of the State University of Utah.

John F. Kennedy, 1959
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Then-Senator John F. Kennedy arrives with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy in Salt Lake City, March 1959.

John F. Kennedy, 1960
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In this 1960 photo, then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy is greeted by hundreds of people at the Salt Lake airport, including a little girl on someone's shoulders.

>> Read more about JFK's 1960 visit to Utah in the Deseret News article, "John F. Kennedy — remembering a friend"

John F. Kennedy, 1960
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Then-presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy leaves the LDS Church offices in Salt Lake City, Sept. 1960.

John F. Kennedy, 1960
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Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy speaks at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Sept. 1960.

John F. Kennedy, 1960
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Democrat presidential candidate John F. Kennedy arrives in Salt Lake City in 1960. The photo shows, left to right, Bill Thurman, Sen. John F. Kennedy, and US District Attn. Sen. Ted Moss in the back seat.

John F. Kennedy, 1963
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President John F. Kennedy leaves Air Force One as he arrives in Salt Lake City on Sept 26, 1963. Senator Frank Moss is right behind the president, followed by the Sec. of Interior Stewart Udall.

John F. Kennedy, 1963
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In this photo from Democrat presidential candidate John F. Kennedy's 1960 visit to Salt Lake City, he walks down the street outside of Temple Square while policemen form a human barrier on the right side of the photo.

John F. Kennedy, 1963
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President Kennedy awaits his turn to speak in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square, September 26, 1963.

John F. Kennedy, 1963
Douglas Gibson

John F. Kennedy rides in the back of a convertible during his September 1963 visit to Salt Lake. Two months later, President Kennedy was killed in Texas.

John F. Kennedy, 1963
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A KSL cameraman captures President John F. Kennedy's breakfast with LDS Church President David O. McKay on September 26, 1963.

John F. Kennedy, 1963
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President John F. Kennedy receives the applause of an entire school lined up along his motorcade route at North Temple and Sixth West in this 1963 photo. Pupils of Jackson Elementary turned out en mass to see the president as he drove by.

John F. Kennedy, 1963
Douglas Gibson, U.S. Army

John F. Kennedy talks about the completion of the Flaming Gorge dam in a Salt Lake City visit in Sept. 27,1963. The president also switched on the first electrical generator at the dam by remote control.

Lyndon B. Johnson
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President Lyndon B. Johnson (right center) is shown speaking with LDS Church President David O. McKay during a visit to Utah.

Lyndon B. Johnson
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President Lyndon B. Johnson (center) is shown during a visit to Utah.

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964
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U.S. President Lyndon Johnson holds the daughter of an unidentified woman who was among the crowd that greeted him on Thursday, Sept. 18, 1964 as he arrived at the Hotel Utah in Salt Lake City to visit President David O. McKay of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Johnson spent half an hour with the 91-year-old Mormon leader and invited him to his inauguration in January.

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964
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Applause greets President Lyndon B. Johnson as he is introduced in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Oct. 29, 1964. Flanking him are William G. Bruhn, left; Sen. Frank E. Moss, Calvin Rampton, David S. King and Mrs. Johnson.

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964
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In another picture not taken in Utah but with a Utahn front and center, LDS Church President David O. McKay is pictured with U. S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Oval office of the White House January 31, 1964. McKay and Johnson developed a great friendship during their lives.

Richard Nixon
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President Richard Nixon waves during a visit to Utah.

Richard Nixon, 1952
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Then-Senator and Mrs. Richard Nixon are shown during a visit to Salt Lake on September 25, 1952. Nixon was campaigning for General Dwight Eisenhower for President.

Richard Nixon, 1958
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In this Oct. 1958 photo, Richard Nixon is shown meeting a large crowd at Salt Lake's airport. Three young men dressed in space suits are noticeable in the background.

Richard Nixon, 1958
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Then-Vice President Richard Nixon address a crowd at Brigham Young University in October 1958. BYU President Ernest L. Wilkinson stands to Nixon's right.

Richard Nixon, 1960
O. Wallace Kasteler, Deseret News Archives

Then-Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat receive the adoration of the crowd gathered in the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square for a political address on October 10, 1960.

Richard Nixon, 1960
O. Wallace Kasteler, Deseret News Archives

Senator Wallace Bennett, Mrs. Ezra Taft (Flora) Benson, Patricia Nixon and then-Vice President Richard Nixon arrive at a very wet airport on October 10, 1960.

Richard Nixon, 1960
O. Wallace Kasteler, Deseret News Archives

Then-Vice President Richard Nixon visits with LDS Church President David O. McKay, right and Elder Ezra Taft Benson, left, at the Church Administration Building on October 10, 1960.

Richard Nixon, 1960
O. Wallace Kasteler, Deseret News Archives

Pat Nixon and Then-Vice President Richard Nixon deplane at Salt Lake City's soggy airport on October 10, 1960.

Richard Nixon, 1964
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Richard M. Nixon is greeted by well wishers at the Salt Lake Airport on his way to a speech for Barry Goldwater on October 30, 1964.

Richard Nixon, 1970
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President Richard M. Nixon waves to the crowd at the Days of '47 Rodeo, July 24, 1970. Seated next of the president are Rep. Laurence Burton, R-Utah, and Burton's wife.

Richard Nixon, 1970
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President Richard Nixon stands at the pulpit at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah on Nov. 5, 1970.

Gerald Ford
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J. Willard Marriott, left, Betty Ford, Alice Marriott and President Gerald Ford, who was no longer president when this photograph was taken, visit Salt Lake City.

A 2006 Deseret News article argues that President Gerald R. Ford may have had closer ties to Utah than any other U.S. president.

"His son, Jack, attended Utah State University. Close friends lived in the state and spent the holidays with him for years," the article said. "He made many trips to Utah before, during and after his presidency. He brought several Utahns to the White House as aides."

Gerald Ford, 1973
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In this Oct. 1973 photo, vice president designate Gerald Ford chats with his son Jack in the backyard of a friend's home in Tremonton, Utah. Ford was en route to Portland, Oregon to address the National Association of Retail Druggists. Jack Ford was a student at the Utah State University in Logan when this photograph was taken.

Gerald Ford, 1974
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In this 1974 photo, Vice President Gerald R. Ford marches in Utah State University commencement.

>> Read more about President Gerald Ford and his ties to Utah in the Deseret News article: "President cherished his ties to Utah"

Gerald Ford, 1974
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In this June 1974 photo, the LDS Church presidency and U.S. Vice President Gerald R. Ford meet with the news media.

Gerald Ford, 1974
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Left to right, President Gerald Ford is greeted by two of his sons, Steve and Jack, when he arrived in Utah in 1974. Jack Ford was a Utah State University student, while Steve was working as a ranch hand in Montana.

Gerald Ford, 1977
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In this 1977 photo, LDS President Spencer W. Kimball watches while President Gerald Ford examines a copy of the LDS triple combination given to him by President Kimball.

Gerald Ford, 1977
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In this Nov. 1977 photo, Mrs. Betty Ford and former President Gerald R. Ford leave a meeting with the First Presidency of the LDS Church. Ford lost the election to Democrat Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election.

Gerald Ford, 1978
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In this 1978 photo, former President Gerald Ford tours the Brigham Young University campus with President Dallin H. Oaks.

Gerald Ford, 1982
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Former President Gerald Ford speaks at the University of Utah in 1982.

Gerald Ford, 1986
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This 1986 photo shows former President Gerald Ford golfing at Jeremy Ranch.

Jimmy Carter
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President Jimmy Carter waves to the crowd during a visit to Utah.

Jimmy Carter, 1977
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While President Jimmy Carter did visit Utah during his time in the White House, he also invited Utahns to his home. This March 1977 photo shows Carter, right, meeting with President Spencer W. Kimball of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as Rep. James Santiai, D-Nev. and Rep. Gunn McKay, D-Utah.

Jimmy Carter, 1978
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President Jimmy Carter reaches to shake hands with people in the crowd on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 2, 1978. He was addressing the UEA Convention at the Salt Palace.

Jimmy Carter, 1978
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President Jimmy Carter listens intently to the closing prayer at a Family Week program at the Tabernacle on Temple Square, Nov. 28, 1978.

Ronald Reagan
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During his service as president of the LDS Church, this signed photo of former President Ronald Reagan and President Gordon B. Hinckley hung in Hinckley's office.

Ronald Reagan, 1974
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Prior to becoming president, Reagan, a former actor and governor of California, visited Utah. This 1974 photo shows Reagan greeting Girl Scouts in Salt Lake city. He was in town for a Republican Lincoln Day dinner.

Ronald Reagan, 1976
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Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan answers questions at a Salt Lake Republican event on July 16, 1976.

Ronald Reagan, 1980
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From left to right, Sen. Orrin Hatch, presidential candidate Ronald Reagan and Senator Jake Garn are shown at the Republican state convention in June of 1980. Reagan is leaning forward to pat the trunk of an elephant, which was a special guest at the event.

Ronald Reagan, 1980
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Then-presidential candidate Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan hold hands as they walk the streets of Salt Lake City on their visit of June 27, 1980.

Ronald Reagan, 1982
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President Ronald Reagan is seen with LDS Church leaders Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson visiting an Ogden Deseret Cannery and Bishop's storehouse.

Ronald Reagan, 1982
O. Wallace Kasteler, Deseret News Archives

President Gordon B. Hinckley shows dating on cans made at the Ogden Cannery to President Ronald Reagan in this Sept. 10, 1982. photo.

Ronald Reagan, 1982
Tom Smart, Deseret News Archives

Thousands attend a Utah Republican Picnic honoring President Ronald Reagan at Hooper, Utah, on Sept. 9, 1982.

Ronald Reagan, 1982
Tom Smart, Deseret News Archives

Senator Orrin Hatch and Congressman Dan Marriott praise President Ronald Reagan after his speech at the Salt Palace, October 29, 1982.

Ronald Reagan, 1984
O. Wallace Kasteler, Deseret News Archives

President Ronald Reagan greet former veterans at the American Legion Convention held at the Salt Palace in Sept. 1984.

Ronald Reagan, 1985
Associated Press

In this Jan. 23, 1985 White House photo, President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Miss America Sharlene Wells of Provo, Utah.

Ronald Reagan, 1985
Family photo

This family photo shows President Ronald Reagan, Sen. Orrin Hatch and LaVell Edwards in the Oval Office of the White House on Jan. 14, 1985.

George H. W. Bush
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President George H. W. Bush is shown during a visit to Utah.

George H. W. Bush

President George H. W. Bush lifts up a baby during a visit to Utah.

George H. W. Bush
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President George H.W. Bush (left) is welcomed by Utah's Gov. Norm Bangerter during a visit to Utah.

George H. W. Bush, 1983
Associated Press

In a non-Utah-based photo, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, takes the oath of office of the U.S. Senate from then-Vice President George Bush as his wife Elaine looks on during the reenactment ceremony in the old Senate Chambers on Monday, Jan. 3, 1983 at Capitol Hill.

George H. W. Bush, 1991
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President George H. W. Bush emerges from a meeting with LDS leaders President Gordon B. Hinckley and President Thomas S. Monson, September 19, 1991.

Bill Clinton, 1992
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Then-Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Bill Clinton is all smiles as he shares a welcoming hug with Norma Matheson, the wife of the late Utah governor Scott Matheson, upon Clinton’s arrival at the Salt Lake City airport in Utah on Monday, Sept. 15, 1992.

Bill Clinton, 1992
Associated Press

Then-Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, left, shakes hands with Congressman Wayne Owens, Utah’s democratic U.S. Senate candidate, at a rally for Clinton at the Salt Lake City airport in Utah on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1992. An estimated crowd of 700 came to show their support for Clinton.

Bill Clinton, 1996
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The photo location may be Arizona, but this 1996 photograph is all about Utah. In the photo, President Bill Clinton signs an order in Grand Canyon National Park to designate a vast canyonland in Utah, including Grand Escalante Staircase, a national monument. Vice President Al Gore watches.

Bill Clinton, 1998
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President Bill Clinton waves as he steps out of Air Force One after he arrived at Salt Lake International Airport Thursday evening, Feb. 26, 1998.

Bill Clinton, 1998
Scott Winterton, Deseret News

President Bill Clinton reaches the bottom of the airplane stairs as he arrives in Utah for a visit.

Bill Clinton, 1998
Don Grayston, Deseret News

President Bill Clinton steps out from Main Street Delicatessen after a brief visit inside for a bite to eat and drink. Clinton visited Utah from Feb. 26-March 1, 1998.

Bill Clinton, 2007
Michael Brandy, Deseret News

Former President Bill Clinton shakes hands and signs autographs after speaking to an audience at the University of Utah during a presidential fundraiser for his wife, Hillary Clinton.

Bill Clinton, 2007
Michael Brandy, Deseret News

Former President Bill Clinton, talks to Utahns after speaking at the University of Utah during a fundraiser for his wife Hillary Clinton, who was running for president at the time.

George W. Bush
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President George W. Bush right, stands with with Michael Leavitt and Leavitt's wife Jacqueline during a visit to Utah.

George W. Bush, 2002
Associated Press

President Bush is surrounded by members of the U.S. Olympic team during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City Friday, Feb. 8, 2002.

George W. Bush, 2002
Associated Press

With the Oquirrh Mountains in the distance, President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush step down from Air Force One in Salt Lake City, Utah, to participate in the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Friday, Feb. 8, 2002.

George W. Bush, 2002
Associated Press

Olympians carry the tattered World Trade Center American flag during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City Friday, Feb. 8, 2002. President Bush, background center, looks on.

George W. Bush, 2005
Associated Press

President Bush laughs as he poses for a photo with troops upon his departure from the Salt Lake City International airport, Monday, Aug. 22, 2005. Bush delivered remark at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' national convention in Salt Lake City.

George W. Bush, 2005
Ravell Call, Deseret News

President George W. Bush shakes hands with those in the audience at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah after his speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars August 22, 2005.

George W. Bush, 2006
Tom Smart, Deseret News

President George W. Bush waves to the crowd after his speech at the National American Legion Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah Aug. 31, 2006.

George W. Bush, 2008
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President George W. Bush greets Thomas Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, at the church's headquarters Thursday, May 29, 2008, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also pictured at right is Henry Eyring, First Counselor.

George W. Bush, 2010
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Former President George Bush signs books, shakes hands and talks with people at the Costco in Sandy, Utah, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.

Barack Obama, 2015
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

President Barack Obama shakes hands after arriving Thursday, April 2, 2015, on Air Force One at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden Utah.

Barack Obama, 2015
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

President Barack Obama meets with LDS Leaders President Henry B. Eyring, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, President Dieter F. Uctdorf Elder L. Tom Perry after arriving at the Sheraton Hotel Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Salt Lake City Utah.

Barack Obama, 2015
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker after arriving Thursday, April 2, 2015, on Air Force One at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden Utah.