My Fellow Americans: Memorable Inauguration Speech Quotations

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  • What's in a Speech?
  • Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 4, 1933
  • John F. Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, Jan. 20, 1965
  • Richard M. Nixon, Jan. 20, 1973
  • Gerald Ford, Aug. 9, 1974 (after Nixon's resignation)
  • Ronald Reagan, Jan. 20, 1981
  • George H.W. Bush, Jan. 20, 1989
  • Bill Clinton, Jan. 20, 1993
  • George W. Bush, Jan. 20, 2001
  • Barack Obama, Jan. 20, 2009

Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861

"The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."


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