The American Red Cross welcomes President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the organization’s Honorary Chairman, a tradition all U.S. Presidents have followed since 1913.
In 1906, the American Red Cross added a largely ceremonial office of President to its structure, a title that was changed to Honorary Chairman in 1947. In 1913, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson agreed to serve in this position, establishing a tradition followed by all subsequent presidents.
In addition to his role as Honorary Chairman, President Biden is responsible for appointing the chairman of the Board of Governors and designating members of his Administration to serve on the Red Cross Cabinet Council. The President’s signature is also on the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit National Lifesaving Award, the organization’s highest award for people who have used the skills they learned in Red Cross courses to help save or sustain a life.