What U.S. president delivered the shortest inaugural address? – 2017

What U.S. president delivered the shortest inaugural address?

George Washington

We’re specifically talking about Washington’s second inaugural address, which clocked in at 130 words. His first inauguration speech, on the other hand, consisted of 1,431 words. Coincidentally, the longest speech came from William Henry Harrison, who infamously caught pneumonia after delivering it in a snowstorm and died shortly after taking office, leaving VP John Tyler to take the reins. Sometimes, it just pays to keep things short and sweet. Source: Encyclopedia Britannica Blog, U.S. News & World Report, National Archives and Records Administration

George Washington was an American politician and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.


OF 1789

A Transcription

[April 30, 1789]

Fellow Citizens of the Senate and the House of Representatives.



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