Saturday, February 14, 2009

Grover Cleveland 1st Inaugural Address - God Presides Over Our Destiny

(Vice President Chester A. Arthur took the oath of office twice upon the death of President Garfield. He was our 23rd President and never gave an Inaugural Address.)

The 24th President of the United States, Grover Cleveland said in his First inaugural address (1885):

"On this auspicious occasion we may well renew the pledge of our devotion to the Constitution, which, launched by the founders of the Republic and consecrated by their prayers and patriotic devotion, has for almost a century borne the hopes and the aspirations of a great people through prosperity and peace and through the shock of foreign conflicts and the perils of domestic strife and vicissitudes.
"And let us not trust to human effort alone, but humbly acknowledging the power and goodness of Almighty God, who presides over the destiny of nations, and who has at all times been revealed in our country's history, let us invoke His aid and His blessings upon our labors."

Read the whole Inaugural address here

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