Thoughts and Perspectives

Presidential Inaugural Addresses: A Word Cloud History of the United States (part 1 of 2)

First Inaugural Address of George Washington, April, 30, 1789

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Second Inaugural Address of George Washington, March 4, 1793
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Inaugural Address of John Adams, Saturday, March 4, 1797
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First Inaugural Address of James Madison, March 4, 1809
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 First Inaugural Address of James Madison, March 4, 1813
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First Inaugural Address of James Monroe, March 4, 1817
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Second Inaugural Address of James Monroe, March 5, 1821
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Inaugural Address of John Quincy Adams, March 4, 1825
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First Inaugural Address of Andrew Jackson, March 4, 1829
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Second Inaugural Address of Andrew Jackson, March 4, 1833
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Inaugural Address of Martin Van Buren, March 4, 1837
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Inaugural Address of William Henry Harrison, March 4, 1841
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Inaugural Address of James Knox Polk, March 4, 1845
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Inaugural Address of Zachary Taylor, March 5, 1849
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Inaugural Address of Franklin Pierce, March 4, 1853
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Inaugural Address of James Buchanan, March 4, 1857Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 12.31.21 AMFirst Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861
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Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865
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First Inaugural Address of Ulysses S. Grant, March 4, 1869
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Second Inaugural Address of Ulysses S. Grant, March 4, 1873
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Inaugural Address of Rutherford B. Hayes, March 5, 1877
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Inaugural Address of James A. Garfield, March 4, 1881
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First Inaugural Address of Grover Cleveland, March 4, 1885
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Second Inaugural Address of Grover Cleveland, March 4, 1893
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First Inaugural Address of William McKinley, March 4, 1897
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Second Inaugural Address of William McKinley, March 4, 1901
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Inaugural Address of Theodore Roosevelt, March 4, 1905
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Inaugural Address of William Howard Taft, March 4, 1909
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First Inaugural Address of Woodrow Wilson, March 4, 1913
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Second Inaugural Address of Woodrow Wilson, March 5, 1917
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Inaugural Address of Warren G. Harding, March 4, 1921
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Inaugural Address of Calvin Coolidge, March 4, 1925
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Inaugural Address of Herbert Hoover, March 4, 1929
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First Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1933
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Second Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 30, 1937
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Third Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 20, 1941Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 1.09.47 AM
Fourth Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 20, 1945
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Inaugural Address of Harry S. Truman, January 20, 1949
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First Inaugural Address of Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 20, 1953
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Second Inaugural Address of Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 21, 1957
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Inaugural Address of Lyndon Baines Johnson, January 20, 1965
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First Inaugural Address of Richard Milhous Nixon, January 20, 1969
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Second Inaugural Address of Richard Milhous Nixon, January 20, 1973
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Inaugural Address of Jimmy Carter, January 20, 1977
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First Inaugural Address of Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981
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Second Inaugural Address of Ronald Reagan, January 21, 1985
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Inaugural Address of George Bush, January 20, 1989Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 1.43.34 AM
First Inaugural Address of William J. Clinton, January 20, 1993
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 Second Inaugural Address of William J. Clinton, January 20, 1997
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 First Inaugural Address of George W. Bush, January 20, 2001
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  Second Inaugural Address of George W. Bush, January 20, 2005
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  First Inaugural Address of Barack Obama, January 20, 2009
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Second Inaugural Address of Barack Obama, January 20, 2013
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Word clouds designed at http://www.wordle.net. Speeches mostly compiled from the excellent http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp.

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    • Thank you, and thanks for sharing this link! I don’t think I saw that link before, but I had a feeling the ideas and language were getting “simpler” as I was making these charts last night.

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