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A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 8, part 2: Grover Cleveland   By: (1837-1908)

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This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in American history and presidential literature. The collection of messages and papers from President Grover Cleveland provides a fascinating insight into the politics and policies of the time. The detailed accounts of Cleveland's presidency offer a comprehensive view of his leadership and decision-making processes.

Readers will appreciate the thoroughness of the compilation, which includes official speeches, correspondence, and other important documents from Cleveland's time in office. The editor's notes and annotations help to contextualize the material and provide additional information for readers seeking a deeper understanding of the era.

Overall, this volume is a must-read for scholars, history enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the intricacies of presidential governance. It serves as an invaluable resource for studying the legacy of President Grover Cleveland and the political landscape of the late 19th century.

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March 4, 1893, to March 4, 1897

Grover Cleveland

[For portrait and biographical sketch see Vol. VIII, pp. 296 299.]


MY FELLOW CITIZENS: In obedience to the mandate of my countrymen I am about to dedicate myself to their service under the sanction of a solemn oath. Deeply moved by the expression of confidence and personal attachment which has called me to this service, I am sure my gratitude can make no better return than the pledge I now give before God and these witnesses of unreserved and complete devotion to the interests and welfare of those who have honored me.

I deem it fitting on this occasion, while indicating the opinions I hold concerning public questions of present importance, to also briefly refer to the existence of certain conditions and tendencies among our people which seem to menace the integrity and usefulness of their Government.

While every American citizen must contemplate with the utmost pride and enthusiasm the growth and expansion of our country, the sufficiency of our institutions to stand against the rudest shocks of violence, the wonderful thrift and enterprise of our people, and the demonstrated superiority of our free government, it behooves us to constantly watch for every symptom of insidious infirmity that threatens our national vigor... Continue reading book >>

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