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The custom of delivering an address on Inauguration Day started with George Washington's Inauguration, April 30, 1789. Every president since has delivered one. Here, we recount some of the more noteworthy. William Henry Harrison delivered the longest one (8,445 words) March 4, 1841-a cold, wet day.
In 1921, Warren G. Harding became the first President to deliver his address through loud speakers. In 1925, Calvin Coolidge's was the first to be broadcast nationally by radio, and in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt avowed, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" in his address. In 1949, Harry S. Truman became to deliver his Inaugural address by television airwaves. In 1961, John F. Kennedy affirmed, "And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country." Every president has delivered an Inaugural address, and here, we have recounted some of the more noteworthy. Ultimately, they all sought to inspire hope in their administrations.
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