By Kristen Woronoff

Offers the inaugural address(es) of every of the presidents, from George Washington via George W. Bush, besides short biographical info and historic occasions of word in the course of their term(s) of place of work.

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Other interests of high importance will claim attention, among which the improvement of our country by roads and canals3, proceeding always with a constitutional sanction, holds a distinguished place. By thus facilitating the intercourse between the States we shall add much to the convenience and comfort of our fellow-citizens, much to the ornament of the country, and, what is of greater importance, we shall shorten distances, and, by making each part more accessible to and dependent on the other, we shall bind the Union more closely together.

Merchant ships at sea and in European ports. 2. “to support the Constitution . . ” Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” says that the limits of the document are just as agriculture, to manufactures, and to external as well as internal commerce; to favor in like manner the advancement of science and the diffusion of information as the best aliment to true liberty; to carry on the benevolent plans which have been so meritoriously applied to the conversion of our aboriginal neighbors from the degradation and wretchedness of savage life to a participation of the improvements of which the human mind and manners are susceptible in a civilized state—as far as sentiments and intentions such as these can aid the fulfillment of my duty, they will be a resource which can not fail me.

The war was unpopular, however, and many Americans in the North felt the country’s disagreements with Great Britain could be settled peacefully. ” ABOUT to add the solemnity of an oath to the obligations imposed by a second call to the station in which my country heretofore placed me, I find in the presence of this respectable assembly an opportunity of publicly repeating my profound sense of so distinguished a confidence and of the responsibility united with it. The impressions on me are strengthened by such an evidence that my faithful endeavors to discharge my arduous duties have been favorably estimated, and by a consideration of the momentous period at which the trust has been renewed.

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