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Through the course of our countrys history many things have changed such as the presidents and their form of transportation Civilization has broadened the types transportation through the decades The use of transportation has furthered our countrys ability to communicate with each other and many other countries The presidents travel started out with an uncomfortable horsedrawn carriage and has escalated to a giant Boeing 747 jumbo jet with all the amenities of the White House Today the only conflict with the presidents transportation is the price From President Washington all the way to President McKinley the president was free to come and go as he pleased because there were no secret service agents Since the nations poor roads made for long uncomfortable trips the president hardly ever went on long excursions away from Washington When George Washington had to make long trips he rode in a closed carriage pulled by a team of fast horses which were exchanged on each leg of the trip Andrew Jackson was criticized for riding in elegant carriages which made people feel that he was forgetting the American ideals The use of horses led to the death of William Henry Harrison during his inauguration He was given a nice stagecoach to ride in but he chose to ride on his favorite horse He rode to the capitol in the cold weather and gave a two hour inaugural address and through this he picked up pneumonia and died Harrison was also the first president to ride a train although he never knew it He was transported to his final burial on the rail It was not until Howard Tafts administration that money was appointed for presidential transportationIn 1833 the railroad stretched a total of a 135 miles and Andrew Jackson was the first living president to ride a train Once Jackson left office there was a total of 1300 miles of railroad operation Abraham Lincoln was for the expansion of the
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