Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents

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Author: George Washington  | Date: March 4, 1793

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George Washington

SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

MONDAY, MARCH 4, 1793

Fellow Citizens:

I am again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate. When the occasion proper for it shall arrive, I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people of united America.

Previous to the execution of any official act of the President the Constitution requires an oath of office. This oath I am now about to take, and in your presence: That if it shall be found during my administration of the Government I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions thereof, I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.

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Chicago: George Washington, "Second Inaugural Address," Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States from George Washington 1789 to George Bush 1989: Bicentennial Edition (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989), in Original Sources, accessed December 2, 2022, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=H85UQNNHTHIDKHK.

MLA: Washington, George. "Second Inaugural Address." Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States from George Washington 1789 to George Bush 1989: Bicentennial Edition, Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989, in , Original Sources. 2 Dec. 2022. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=H85UQNNHTHIDKHK.

Harvard: Washington, G 1989, 'Second Inaugural Address' in Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States from George Washington 1789 to George Bush 1989: Bicentennial Edition, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.. cited in , . Original Sources, retrieved 2 December 2022, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=H85UQNNHTHIDKHK.