The history of presidential inaugural addresses — in 1 cool chart

December 5, 2012

President Obama's second inaugural address is still more than a month off but it will be a speech of significant import as he begins to frame not only his second term agenda but also what he wants his legacy in office to look like.

It will also be compared not only to his first inaugural address--the only thing we remember about that one was how unbelievably cold it was--and to all of the presidential inaugural addresses that have come before it.

That's where this awesome chart comes in. It details every inaugural address by length (words), term of the president and what ultimately became of the guy who gave the speech. Our favorite--obviously--is William Henry Harrison who gave an 8,445 word inaugural address and died 30 days later. (Harrison's untimely demise is the subject of one of the great "Simpsons" songs of all time.)

Presidential Inaugural Addresses
Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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