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Andrew Jackson – State of the Union – December 7, 1835

Andrew Jackson – State of the Union – December 7, 1835

Oct 19, 2012

Fellow Citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives: In the discharge of my official duty the again devolves upon me of communicating with a new Congress. The reflection that the representation of the Union has been recently renewed, and that the constitutional term of its service will expire with my own, heightens the solicitude with which I...

James Monroe – State of the Union – December 7, 1824

James Monroe – State of the Union – December 7, 1824

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: The view which I have now to present to you of our affairs, foreign and domestic, realizes the most sanguine anticipations which have been entertained of the public prosperity. If we look to the whole, our growth as a nation continues to be rapid beyond example; if to the States which compose it, the...

James Monroe – State of the Union – December 7, 1819

James Monroe – State of the Union – December 7, 1819

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: The public buildings being advanced to a stage to afford accommodation for Congress, I offer you my sincere congratulations on the recommencement of your duties in the Capitol. In bringing you to view the incidents most deserving attention which have occurred since your last session, I regret to have...

James Madison – State of the Union – December 7, 1813

James Madison – State of the Union – December 7, 1813

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: In meeting you at the present interesting conjuncture it would have been highly satisfactory if I could have communicated a favorable result to the mission charged with negotiations for restoring peace. It was a just expectation, from the respect due to the distinguished Sovereign who had invited them...

George Washington – State of the Union – December 7, 1796

George Washington – State of the Union – December 7, 1796

Oct 17, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: In recurring to the internal situation of our country since I had last the pleasure to address you, I find ample reason for a renewed expression of that gratitude to the Ruler of the Universe which a continued series of prosperity has so often and so justly called forth. The acts of the last session...