Online Primary Sources for American History: Presidential Inaugural Speeches

A brief overview of this event is given by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. This site presents a chronological listing of all the speeches in full text from George Washington to the present; in addition, it gives the wordage of each speech. The shortest speech?  Washington’s second inaugural speech. The longest was William Henry Harrison’s speech at over 8000 words. (BTW, delivered outdoors in a snowstorm, the speech lasted longer than an hour and a half. Harrison died a month later from pneumonia.)

 

 

 

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