President John Adams’ Inaugural Address, March 4, 1797*

WHEN it was first perceived, in early times, that no middle course for America remained between unlimited submission to a foreign legislature and a total independence of its claims, men of reflection were less apprehensive of danger from the formidable power of fleets and armies they must determine to resist than from those contests andContinue reading “President John Adams’ Inaugural Address, March 4, 1797*”

President George Washington’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1793*

I AM again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate. When the occasion proper for it shall arrive, I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people ofContinue reading “President George Washington’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1793*”

President George Washington’s First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789*

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and of the┬áHouse of Representatives: Among the vicissitudes incident to life no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the 14th day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my country,Continue reading “President George Washington’s First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789*”