Thursday, February 5, 2009

James Buchanan Inaugural - Humbly Invoking God

James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States. In his Inaugural Address (1857) he said:

"In entering upon this great office I must humbly invoke the God of our fathers for wisdom and firmness to execute its high and responsible duties in such a manner as to restore harmony and ancient friendship among the people of the several States and to preserve our free institutions throughout many generations."
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"We ought to cultivate peace, commerce, and friendship with all nations, and this not merely as the best means of promoting our own material interests, but in a spirit of Christian benevolence toward our fellow-men, wherever their lot may be cast."
(Christian benevolence was probably a convenient figure of speech at that time, but it is worthy of note that is WAS a common figure of speech.)

Read President Buchanan's entire Inaugural Address