The National Archives presents Tokens and Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents

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Herbert Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Richard Nixon
Gerald R. Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George Bush
William J. Clinton
Gifts of State

Presidential Library System
Exhibit Hall


Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan Library

Ronald Reagan Signature

Ronald Reagan
40th President, 1981-89


"Trail Blazin' for Tax Reform" Conestoga wagon model, by John Ashcroft, Governor of Missouri
Gift of Governor Ashcroft
Wood, canvas, metal, 13 1/2 x 26 x 9 inches

Trail Blazin' for Tax Reform Conestoga wagon 

In 1986 the Reagan administration blazed a new trail in tax reform. It prevented Americans from using some tax shelters, forced corporations to take on more of the tax burden, and excused some of the most disadvantaged in society from paying income taxes. Tax brackets also changed so that wealthy Americans paid fewer taxes, with the intent that the benefits would "trickle down" to those with lower incomes.


"The Right to Keep and Bear Arms" pocketknife, by Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Polk, Fort Smith, Arkansas, ca. 1982
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Polk
Engraved whalebone, silver, nickel, stainless steel, 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1/4 inches

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The Right to Keep and Bear Arms pocketknife

This gift, an artful protest against gun control, borrows its inscription from the second amendment to the Constitution. As President, Reagan opposed gun control, despite being critically wounded by a bullet in an assassination attempt.




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