President Barack Obama’s farewell address now belongs to the ages and Donald Trump’s inaugural address waits in the wings.
Did you know that George Washington delivered the shortest inaugural address of any U.S. president? You can find out who was responsible for the lengthiest and read all of the presidential inaugural and farewell addresses in a site maintained by the University of California (Santa Barbara) — inaugural addresses and farewell addresses.
W&L’s benefactor, George Washington, also delivered the most famous farewell address (1796) and the University Library has just acquired a revealing new book that focuses on our first president’s parting words in office. It is the latest of several books about this eloquent speech.