Length of inaugural addresses of all American Presidents from 1789 to 2017

Length of inaugural addresses of U.S. Presidents 1789-2017 This statistic shows the length of inaugural addresses of all American Presidents from 1789 to 2017. In 2017, President Trump's inaugural address was 1,433 words long. The longest inaugural address was William H. Harrison's in 1841, which amounted to 8,445 words.
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Number of words
Donald J. Trump (2017)1,433
Barack H. Obama (2013)2,137
Barack H. Obama (2009)2,404
George W. Bush (2005)2,065
George W. Bush (2001)1,571
William J. Clinton (1997)2,155
William J. Clinton (1993)1,580
George H. W. Bush (1989)2,283
Ronald W. Reagan (1985)2,564
Ronald W. Reagan (1981)2,463
James E. Carter (1977)1,228
Gerald R. Ford (1974)850
Richard M. Nixon (1973)1,668
Richard M. Nixon (1969)2,123
Lyndon Baines Johnson (1965)1,492
Lyndon Baines Johnson (1963)0
John F. Kennedy (1961)1,364
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1957)1,655
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953)2,446
Harry S Truman (1949)2,273
Harry S Truman (1945)0
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945)557
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1941)1,340
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1937)1,808
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933)1,880
Herbert C. Hoover (1929)3,801
Calvin Coolidge (1925)4,054
Calvin Coolidge (1923)0
Warren G. Harding (1921)3,326
Woodrow Wilson (1917)1,526
Woodrow Wilson (1913)1,699
William H. Taft (1909)5,426
Theodore Roosevelt (1905)983
Theodore Roosevelt (1901)0
William McKinley (1901)2,215
William McKinley (1897)3,964
Grover Cleveland (1893)2,012
Benjamin Harrison (1889)4,392
Grover Cleveland (1885)1,681
Chester A. Arthur (1881)0
James A. Garfield (1881)2,975
Rutherford B. Hayes (1877)2,481
Ulysses S. Grant (1873)1,337
Ulysses S. Grant (1869)1,122
Andrew Johnson (1865)0
Abraham Lincoln (1865)698
Abraham Lincoln (1861)3,628
James Buchanan (1857)2,822
Franklin Pierce (1853)3,329
Millard Fillmore (1850)0
Zachary Taylor (1849)1,087
James K. Polk (1845)4,801
John Tyler (1841)0
William H. Harrison (1841)8,445
Martin Van Buren (1837)3,832
Andrew Jackson (1833)1,172
Andrew Jackson (1829)1,125
John Quincy Adams (1825)2,911
James Monroe (1821)4,456
James Monroe (1817)3,366
James Madison (1813)1,210
James Madison (1809)1,174
Thomas Jefferson (1805)2,151
Thomas Jefferson (1801)1,721
John Adams (1797)2,318
George Washington (1793)133
George Washington (1789)1,419
Number of words
Donald J. Trump (2017)1,433
Barack H. Obama (2013)2,137
Barack H. Obama (2009)2,404
George W. Bush (2005)2,065
George W. Bush (2001)1,571
William J. Clinton (1997)2,155
William J. Clinton (1993)1,580
George H. W. Bush (1989)2,283
Ronald W. Reagan (1985)2,564
Ronald W. Reagan (1981)2,463
James E. Carter (1977)1,228
Gerald R. Ford (1974)850
Richard M. Nixon (1973)1,668
Richard M. Nixon (1969)2,123
Lyndon Baines Johnson (1965)1,492
Lyndon Baines Johnson (1963)0
John F. Kennedy (1961)1,364
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1957)1,655
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953)2,446
Harry S Truman (1949)2,273
Harry S Truman (1945)0
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945)557
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1941)1,340
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1937)1,808
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933)1,880
Herbert C. Hoover (1929)3,801
Calvin Coolidge (1925)4,054
Calvin Coolidge (1923)0
Warren G. Harding (1921)3,326
Woodrow Wilson (1917)1,526
Woodrow Wilson (1913)1,699
William H. Taft (1909)5,426
Theodore Roosevelt (1905)983
Theodore Roosevelt (1901)0
William McKinley (1901)2,215
William McKinley (1897)3,964
Grover Cleveland (1893)2,012
Benjamin Harrison (1889)4,392
Grover Cleveland (1885)1,681
Chester A. Arthur (1881)0
James A. Garfield (1881)2,975
Rutherford B. Hayes (1877)2,481
Ulysses S. Grant (1873)1,337
Ulysses S. Grant (1869)1,122
Andrew Johnson (1865)0
Abraham Lincoln (1865)698
Abraham Lincoln (1861)3,628
James Buchanan (1857)2,822
Franklin Pierce (1853)3,329
Millard Fillmore (1850)0
Zachary Taylor (1849)1,087
James K. Polk (1845)4,801
John Tyler (1841)0
William H. Harrison (1841)8,445
Martin Van Buren (1837)3,832
Andrew Jackson (1833)1,172
Andrew Jackson (1829)1,125
John Quincy Adams (1825)2,911
James Monroe (1821)4,456
James Monroe (1817)3,366
James Madison (1813)1,210
James Madison (1809)1,174
Thomas Jefferson (1805)2,151
Thomas Jefferson (1801)1,721
John Adams (1797)2,318
George Washington (1793)133
George Washington (1789)1,419
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This statistic shows the length of inaugural addresses of all American Presidents from 1789 to 2017. In 2017, President Trump's inaugural address was 1,433 words long. The longest inaugural address was William H. Harrison's in 1841, which amounted to 8,445 words.
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