US Presidential Inaugural Addresses

By D. A. Sharpe

 

United States Presidential Inaugural Speeches are an interesting and important set of addresses about which we should know. 

 

There have been 45 Presidents in the history of the United States.  We have the 58 Inaugural addresses of them captured here for study and review.  Many Presidents served two terms, and Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected four times.  There have been 21 Presidents elected only once, including our current President Trump for whom it remains to be seen whether he is elected a second time.  Grover Cleveland served twice, but lost the election to Benjamin Harrison after his first term.  Then he won again following HarrisonÕs one term.  

 

The average Presidential Inaugural address was 2,365 words.  The shortest was 154 words in George WashingtonÕs second Inaugural address (his first was 1,422).  The longest was by William Henry Harrison with 8,469 words.

 

Only four Inaugural addresses ever were less than 1,000 words:  Besides George WashingtonÕs 2nd address of 154 words, Franklin D. RooseveltÕs 4th Inaugural was 573 words (his other three addresses were less than 2,000 words each), Abraham LincolnÕs most spiritually impassioned address of 701 words in his second Inaugural address, and Theodore RooseveltÕs address of 986 words.  

 

Abraham LincolnÕs 2nd Inaugural was just as the War Between the States was about to conclude.   It was all but won finally by the United StatesÕ forces.  The nation was torn with grief, as it proved to be the wartime total of wounded and deaths of Americans on both sides of that conflict that exceeded any other military engagements this nation ever would have.  This Inauguration on March 4, 1865 proved to be a time only 41 days prior to LincolnÕs assassination on Good Friday, 1865.  The 19 previous Inaugural addresses had cited the Bible only once.  That was by John Quincy Adams.  Lincoln cited Scripture four times, invoked prayer three times and mentioned God fourteen times within those 701 words of this address.  It can be surmised as the most spiritual Presidential Inaugural address among all that we have had.

 

Here is the schedule of all the Presidents and links are provided to each of their addresses.  You may click on the colored address or name to see the entire address. 

 

George Washington

First Inaugural Address           1,422 words

Second Inaugural Address          134 words

 

John Adams                                         2,332 words

 

Thomas Jefferson

First Inaugural Address           1,724 words

Second Inaugural Address       2,172 words

James Madison

First Inaugural Address            1,182 words

Second Inaugural Address        1,220 words

 

James Monroe

First Inaugural Address             3,391 words

Second Inaugural Address        4,487 words

 

John Quincy Adams                              2,921 words

 

Andrew Jackson

First Inaugural Address             1,137 words

Second Inaugural Address         1,082 words

 

Martin Van Buren                                  3,910 words

 

William Henry Harrison                        8,469 words

 

James Knox Polk                                   4,829 words

 

 

Zachary Taylor                                     1,098 words

 

Franklin Pierce                                      3,347 words

 

James Buchanan                                    2,844 words

 

Abraham Lincoln

First Inaugural Address             3,699 words

Second Inaugural Address            701 words

 

Ulysses S. Grant

First Inaugural Address             1,141 words

Second Inaugural Address         1,354 words

 

Rutherford B. Hayes                              2,507 words

 

James A. Garfield                                  3,013 words

 

Grover Cleveland: (First Inaugural)      1,699 words

 

Benjamin Harrison                                 4,421 words                     

 

Grover Cleveland: (Second Inaugural)  2,039 words

 

 

William McKinley

First Inaugural Address              3,982 words

Second Inaugural Address          2,238 words

 

Theodore Roosevelt                                  986 words

 

William Howard Taft                              5,470 words

 

Woodrow Wilson

First Inaugural Address               1,709 words

Second Inaugural Address           1,545 words

 

Warren G. Harding                                  3,359 words

 

Calvin Coolidge                                       4,078 words

 

Herbert Hoover                                        3,783 words

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt

First Inaugural Address                1,905 words

Second Inaugural Address            1,844 words

Third Inaugural Address               1,379 words

Fourth Inaugural Address                573 words

 

Harry S. Truman                                        2,343 words

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower

First Inaugural Address                  2,507 words

Second Inaugural Address              1,698 words

 

John F. Kennedy                                         1,392 words

 

Lyndon Baines Johnson                              1,525 words

 

Richard Milhous Nixon

First Inaugural Address                  2,199 words

Second Inaugural Address              1,852 words

 

Jimmy Carter                                               1,253 words

 

Ronald Reagan

First Inaugural Address                   2,471 words

Second Inaugural Address               2,607 words

 

 

 

George Bush                                                2,344 words

 

Bill Clinton

First Inaugural Address                   1,626 words

Second Inaugural Address               2,190 words

 

George W. Bush

First Inaugural Address                   1,633 words

Second Inaugural Address               2,105 words

 

Barack Obama

First Inaugural Address                   2,426 words

Second Inaugural Address               2,120 words

 

Donald J. Trump                                          1,487 words

 

 

Twenty of these Presidents have genealogical cousin relationships to my family line.  Anybody interested in a chart showing the relationship may request an e-mail link from me to see it.

 

My hope and desire is that people may reflect over the words our Presidents have chosen to address our citizenry over the years of our Democratic Republic, a nation of free men and women, a place where we all are free to worship as we understand GodÕs hand in our lives.

 

Below are Suzanne and me at the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Ball at the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C. It is

called, appropriately, the Texas Black Tie & Boots Ball (we all wear formal Black Tie appearal with cowboy boots & hats).

 

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