U.S. Presidents as Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook

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Daniel Ross Chandler


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of men.

Above President Jefferson's grave at Monticello is the epitaph that he chose for inscription: "Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the statute of Virginia for religious freedom, and father of the University of Virginia." The sage of Monticello died shortly before one o'clock on the afternoon of July 4, 1826, preceding President John Adams's death by a few hours. The man from Virginia and the man from Massachusetts both had wanted to live until the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Born at Shadwell, his father's estate in Albemarle County, Virginia, on April 13, 1743, Thomas was a son of a successful planter, surveyor, explorer, and map-maker. A man of legendary strength, Peter Jefferson served as a burgess and as a county lieutenant, positions that were occupied subsequently by young Thomas. Jane Randolph Jefferson represented one of Virginia's famous families. From his father, Thomas inherited a considerable landed estate; and he doubled his holdings when he inherited his father's-in-law possessions, although the Randolph inheritance initially imposed a burdensome indebtedness.


RHETORICAL TRAINING AND EDUCATION

Thomas Jefferson was especially well educated in small private schools and at the College of William and Mary, where he completed his course in 1762. While receiving an excellent classical education, he became a close friend of three prominent Williamsburg residents, whose companionship gave Thomas an

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • An Introduction to Presidential Oratory ix
  • BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOURCES xvii
  • George Washington (1732-1799) 3
  • Conclusion 15
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 16
  • John Adams (1735-1826) 18
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 26
  • Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 28
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 40
  • James Madison (1751-1836) 43
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 52
  • John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) 54
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 63
  • Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) 65
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 75
  • Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 77
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 89
  • Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 93
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 107
  • Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) 111
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 132
  • Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) 134
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 144
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) 146
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 164
  • Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) 168
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 187
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) 190
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 204
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) 210
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 225
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) 228
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 245
  • Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994) 249
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 269
  • Gerald R. Ford (1913- ) 274
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 296
  • Jimmy Carter (1924- ) 299
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 311
  • Ronald Reagan (1911- ) 316
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 337
  • George Herbert Walker Bush (1924- ) 344
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 358
  • Bill Clinton (1946- ) 361
  • RHETORICAL RESOURCES 374
  • Index 377
  • About the Editor and Contributors 387
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