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Presidential Addresses & Documents

Presidential AddressesThis category contains a collection of presidential addresses and documents. It will ultimately contain all inaugural addresses and other major speeches and documents of the various President's of the United States.

There were five Presidents who were not inaugurated:

John Tyler - Vice President John Tyler became President upon William Henry Harrison's death one month after his inauguration. U.S. Circuit Court Judge William Cranch administered the oath to Mr. Tyler at his residence in the Indian Queen Hotel on April 6, 1841.

Millard Fillmore - Judge William Cranch administered the executive oath of office to Vice President Millard Fillmore on July 10, 1850 in the Hall of the House of Representatives. President Zachary Taylor had died the day before.

Andrew Johnson - On April 15, 1865, after visiting the wounded and dying President Lincoln in a house across the street from Ford's Theatre, the Vice President returned to his rooms at Kirkwood House. A few hours later he received the Cabinet and Chief Justice Salmon Chase in his rooms to take the executive oath of office.

Chester Arthur - On September 20, 1881, upon the death of President Garfield, Vice President Arthur received a group at his home in New York City to take the oath of office, administered by New York Supreme Court Judge John R. Brady. The next day he again took the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice Morrison Waite, in the Vice President's Office in the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Gerald R. Ford - The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives became Vice President upon the resignation of Spiro Agnew, under the process of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. When President Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, Vice President Ford took the executive oath of office, administered by Chief Justice Warren Burger, in the East Room of the White House.

The duties of the President are detailed in Article II of the Constitution.

Before entering the office of the president of the United States the following oath is to be administered:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

 There are three associated documents to this category:

  1. An alphabetical word count of inaugural addresses which portrays an alphabetical listing of all words used in inaugural addresses and the number of times used. Download
  2. A numerically word count of inaugural addresses which potrays a numerically ordered word list - most used to least used - of all words used in inaugural addresses. Download
  3. A bar graph portraying all inaugural addresses and the number of words in each address. Download