President James Monroe’s First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1817*

I should be destitute of feeling if I was not deeply affected by the strong proof which my fellow-citizens have given me of their confidence in calling me to the high office whose functions I am about to assume. As the expression of their good opinion of my conduct int he public service, I deriveContinue reading “President James Monroe’s First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1817*”

President James Madison’s Inaugural Address, March 4, 1809*

Unwilling to depart from examples of the most revered authority, I avail myself of the occasion now presented to express the profound impression made on me by the call of my country to the station to the duties of which I am about to pledge myself by the most solemn of sanctions. So distinguished aContinue reading “President James Madison’s Inaugural Address, March 4, 1809*”

President Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801*

Friends and Fellow-Citizens: CALLED upon to undertake the duties of the first executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow-citizens which is here assembled to express my grateful thanks for the favor with which they have been pleased to look toward me, to declare a sincereContinue reading “President Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801*”