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Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address Considered Best Ever

By January 21, 2013

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Today President Obama will deliver the 16th second term inaugural address in the nation's history. While it promises to be one of his best speeches, President Obama's address will have a hard time achieving the fame attributed to President Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address.

Considered by many historians to be his greatest speech, Lincoln's second inaugural address used only 701 words, all written personally by himself.

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right ..." said Lincoln on March 4, 1865, just one month before the end of the Civil War. "... let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan -- to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."

Also See:
Washington's Farewell Address to the People
The Gettysburg Address

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