Farewell v. Inaugural: Study the Key Speeches

The following twenty-six presidential addresses uniquely show the genius of the peaceful transition of legal authority from one United States president to another. This is a hallmark of the Constitutional order of succession in the Presidency. The short time period between an outgoing president's "Farewell Address" and the next president's "Inaugural Address" gives us the opportunity to compare and contrast the legacy of one president and the first official document outlining the lasting legacy the next president aspires to achieve.