Who was the first president to appear on TV?

Who was the first president to appear on TV?
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Back in college, we developed a drinking game for the State of the Union addresses. Every time there was applause, that was one drink. Standing ovation? Two drinks. After about 10 minutes, we couldn't drink anymore.

And we owe those glory days to one brave American president who broke one of the greatest barriers known to man — appearing on television.

Once considered radical and experimental, TV would quickly become adopted by even the most powerful person in the world. It took courage, valor, and the ability to speak at least somewhat coherently to boldly reach this milestone in American history. Who was the first U.S. president to appear on television?

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