Who Was The First U.S. President To Use Email?
Answer: Bill Clinton
The first U.S. President to use email was Bill Clinton. In office between 1993 and 2001, Clinton caught the first wave of email adoption and widespread internet use. Although he was the first President to type an email, he certainly wasn’t a prolific user. While talking in front of the Wired for Change conference in 2011, he joked:
“I sent a grand total of two emails as president, one to our troops in the Adriatic, and one to John Glenn when he was 77 years old in outer space. I figured it was OK if Congress subpoenaed those.”
After the early (and sparse) use of email in the White House by President Clinton, use grew with each subsequent administration. George W. Bush increased email use in the Oval Office during his two terms significantly over the Clinton’s sparse two email. When Barack Obama took office in 2009 he was very open about how important email was for keeping in touch with his staff and government offices. Although email might have had a slower adoption rate in the White House and on Capitol Hill than in the rest of the country, they’re all now thoroughly in the 21st century now.