InauGural Addresses Of the PresiDents


    (Lyndon Johnson)My fellow countrymen, on this occasion, the oath I have taken before you and before God is not mine alone, but ours together. (Herbert Hoover) It is a dedication and consecration under God to the highest office in service of our people. I assume this trust in the humility of knowledge that only through the guidance of Almighty Providence can I hope to discharge its ever-increasing burdens. (William Howard Taft) I invoke the considerate sympathy and support of my fellow-citizens and the aid of the Almighty God in the discharge of my responsible duties.
   (James Buchanan) In entering upon this great office I must humbly invoke the God of our fathers for wisdom, (Thomas Jefferson) acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter; (John Quincy Adams) knowing that "except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain,"  (James Monroe) with my feverent prayers to the Almighty that He will be graciously pleased to continue to us that protection that he has already so conspicuously displayed in our favor.      
   (George H.W. Bush) And my first act as President is a prayer. I ask you to bow your heads:   Heavenly Father, we bow our heads and thank You for Your love. Accept our thanks for the peace that yields this day and the shared faith that makes its continuance likely. Make us strong to do Your work, willing to heed and hear Your will. Amen.
    (William Henry Harrison)I deem the present occasion sufficiently important and solemn to justify me in expressing to my fellow-citizens a profound reverence for the Christian religion and a thorough conviction that sound morals, religious liberty, and a just sense of religious responsibility are essentially connected with all true and lasting happiness.(George Washington) In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own... No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. (Warren Harding) I must utter my belief in the divine inspiration of the founding fathers. Surely there must have been God's intent in the making of this new-world Republic.
     (Zachary Taylor)I congratulate you, my fellow-citizens, upon the high state of prosperity to which the goodness of Divine Providence has conducted our common country. Let us invoke a continuance of the same protecting care which has led us from small beginnings to the eminence we this day occupy. (John Adams) And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue his blessing upon this nation and its government and give it all possible success and duration consistent with the ends of His providence.
    (Calvin Coolidge)America seeks no earthly empire built on blood and force. No ambition, no temptation, lures her to thought of foreign dominions. The legions which she sends forth are armed, not with the sword, but with the cross. The higher state to which she seeks the allegiance of all mankind is not of human, but of divine origin. She cherishes no purpose save to merit the favor of Almighty God.
(Ulysses S. Grant) I believe that our Great Maker is preparing the world, in his own good time, to become one nation, speaking one language, when armies and navies will be no longer required. (Dwight D. Eisenhower) This is the hope that beckons us onward in this century of trial. This is the work that awaits us all, to be done with bravery, with charity, and with prayer to Almighty God.
(Theodore Roosevelt)  No people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours, and this is said reverently, in no spirit of boastfulness in our own strength, but with gratitude to the Giver of Good who has blessed us with the conditions which have enabled us to achieve so large a measure of well-being and of happiness.
    (Groover Cleveland)Above all, I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently (Benjamin Harrison)  invoke and confidently expect the favor and help of Almighty God—that He will give to me wisdom, strength, and fidelity, and to our people a spirit of fraternity and a love of righteousness and peace.
   (Woodrow Wilson) I summon all honest men, all patriotic, all forward-looking men, to my side. God helping me, I will not fail them, if they will but counsel and sustain me  (James Garfield) upon our efforts to promote the welfare of this great people and their Government I reverently invoke the support and blessings of Almighty God.
   (Franklin D. Roosevelt) The Almighty God has blessed our land in many ways. He has given our people stout hearts and strong arms with which to strike mighty blows for freedom and truth. He has given to our country a faith which has become the hope of all peoples in an anguished world. So we pray to Him now for the vision to see our way clearly—to see the way that leads to a better life for ourselves and for all our fellow men—to the achievement of His will to peace on earth. (Harry Truman) But I say to all men, what we have achieved in liberty, we will surpass in greater liberty.  Steadfast in our faith in the Almighty, we will advance toward a world where man's freedom is secure. To that end we will devote our strength, our resources, and our firmness of resolve. With God's help, the future of mankind will be assured in a world of justice, harmony, and peace. (Richard Nixon) Our destiny offers, not the cup of despair, but the chalice of opportunity. So let us seize it, not in fear, but in gladness...." let us go forward, firm in our faith, steadfast in our purpose, cautious of the dangers; but sustained by our confidence in the will of God and the promise of man. (Abraham Lincoln) Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on him who has never forsaken this favored land are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulty. (Bill Clinton)) When our founders boldly  declared America's independence to the world and our purposes to the Almighty, they knew that America, to endure, would have to change...... Now, each in our way, and with God's help, we must answer the call.
    (James Polk) I enter upon the discharge of the high duties which have been assigned me by the people, again humbly supplicating that Divine Being who has watched over and protected our beloved country from its infancy to the present hour to continue His gracious benedictions upon us, that we may continue to be a prosperous and happy people. (Franklin Pierce) I can express no better hope for my country than that the kind Providence which smiled upon our fathers may enable their children to preserve the blessings they have inherited.
    (Jimmy Carter) I have just taken the oath of office on the Bible my mother gave me a few years ago, opened to a timeless admonition from the ancient prophet Micah:   "He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." (Micah 6:8) (James Madison) We have all been encouraged to feel in the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being whose power regulates the destiny of nations, whose blessings have been so conspicuously dispensed to this rising Republic, and to whom we are bound to address our devout gratitude for the past, as well as our fervent supplications and best hopes for the future.
    (William McKInley) Our faith teaches that there is no safer reliance than upon the God of our fathers, who has so singularly favored the American people in every national trial, and who will not forsake us so long as we obey His commandments and walk humbly in His footsteps. (Ronald Reagan) And may He continue to hold us close as we fill the world with our sound—sound in
unity, affection, and love—one people under God, dedicated to the dream of freedom that He has placed in the human heart, called upon now to pass that dream on to a waiting and hopeful world. (George W. Bush) I know this is in our reach because we are guided by a power larger than ourselves who creates us equal in His image.
    (John F. Kennedy) With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.
    (Barrack H. Obama) Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations
 (Rutherford Hayes).  Looking for the guidance of that Divine Hand by which the destinies of nations and individuals are shaped,
(Martin Van Buren) may it be among the dispensations of His providence to bless our beloved country with honors and with length of days. May her ways be ways of pleasantness and all her paths be peace! (Andrew Jackson) Finally, it is my most fervent prayer to that Almighty Being before whom I now stand, and who has kept us in His hands from the infancy of our Republic to the present day, that He will so overrule all my intentions and actions and inspire the hearts of my fellow-citizens that we may be preserved from dangers of all kinds and continue forever a united and happy people.

    Excerpts were taken from The Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents
edited by John Gabriel Hunt . But can be found at various web sites including Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents at Bartelby.com  

Please send any comments you might have on the above to me.



Return to Presidents and Their First Ladies page