By George Washington
*Includes Table of Contents
When George Washington became the new United States of America’s first president, he set several precedents, including one on April 30, 1789. That day, Washington was inaugurated as president, and for the occasion he gave the nation’s first presidential inaugural address, used to inform the people of his intentions as a leader.
Inaugural addresses have since become iconic moments for each new leader, sometimes providing the president’s most memorable moment. Franklin Delano Roosevelt told Americans they had nothing to fear but fear itself, John F. Kennedy asked Americans what they could do for their country, and Abraham Lincoln asked Northerners to show malice toward none and charity for all. Regardless of how each presidency turned out, inaugural addresses have always given voice to the optimism and hope that each new presidential term represents.
This edition of President George Washington’s Inaugural Addresses includes both of his. While the first set the precedent, the second came amidst a time of increased political feuding and potential issues with Great Britain and France. This edition is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with pictures of Washington