The Most Frequently Used Words From Presidential Inaugural Addresses Over The Last Century

Some things never change.

We have had 19 Presidents over the last century, 18* of them have given Inaugural Addresses.

*Gerald Ford did not.

Methods:

Each address* was placed into a Wordle generator. This creates a “word cloud” of frequently appearing words, most occurring becoming larger, giving an interesting visual of all 28 speeches. Enjoy!

*Addresses from http://www.inaugural.senate.gov/swearing-in/addresses

1. Teddy Roosevelt (1905)

Most frequently used:
1. Life
2. People
3. Ourselves
4. Problems
5. Nation

2. William H. Taft (1909)

Most frequently used:
1. Government
2. Business
3. Proper
4. Congress
5. Race

3. Woodrow Wilson (1913) #1

Most frequently used:
1. Great
2. Men
3. Government
4. Life
5. Justice

4. Woodrow Wilson (1917) #2

Most frequently used:
1. Purpose
2. Action
3. Peace
4. Life
5. Stand

5. Warren G. Harding (1921)

Most frequently used:
1. World
2. Must
3. America
4. War
5. Civilization

6. Calvin Coolidge (1925)

Most frequently used:
1. Country
2. Must
3. Great
4. People
5. Government

7. Herbert Hoover (1929)

Most frequently used:
1. Government
2. People
3. Progress
4. Peace
5. World

8. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933) #1

Most frequently used:
1. National
2. Leadership
3. People
4. Helped
5. Nation

9. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1937) #2

Most frequently used:
1. Government
2. People
3. Nation
4. Good
5. Men

10. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1941) #3

Most frequently used:
1. Nation
2. Know
3. Democracy
4. America
5. Spirit

11. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945) #4

Most frequently used:
1. Peace
2. Learned
3. Today
4. Men
5. See

12. Harry S. Truman (1949)

Most frequently used:
1. Nations
2. World
3. Peace
4. People
5. Freedom

13. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953) #1

Most frequently used:
1. Free
2. World
3. Faith
4. Peace
5. Strength

14. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1957) #2

Most frequently used:
1. World
2. Nations
3. Peace
4. Freedom
5. Seek

15. John F. Kennedy (1961)

Most frequently used:
1. Sides
2. World
3. New
4. Power
5. Pledge

16. Lyndon B. Johnson (1965)

Most frequently used:
1. Change
2. Nation
3. Man
4. People
5. Union

17. Richard M. Nixon (1969) #`1

Most frequently used:
1. People
2. Peace
3. World
4. Know
5. Make

18. Richard M. Nixon (1973) #2

Most frequently used:
1. Peace
2. World
3. New
4. America
5. Responsibility

19. Jimmy Carter (1977)

Most frequently used:
1. Nation
2. New
3. Strength
4. Together
5. Spirit

20. Ronald Reagan (1981) #1

Most frequently used:
1. Government
2. Believe
3. Americans
4. Freedom
5. Time

21. Ronald Reagan (1985) #2

Most frequently used:
1. People
2. World
3. Freedom
4. One
5. Government

22. George H.W. Bush (1989)

Most frequently used:
1. New
2. Nation
3. Great
4. World
5. Free

23. Bill Clinton (1993) #1

Most frequently used:
1. Must
2. World
3. America
4. People
5. Americans

24. Bill Clinton (1997) #2

Most frequently used:
1. New
2. Century
3. Nation
4. Land
5. Time

25. George W. Bush (2001) #1

Most frequently used:
1. Country
2. Story
3. America
4. Nation
5. Citizens

26. George W. Bush (2005) #2

Most frequently used:
1. Freedom
2. Liberty
3. America
4. Every
5. Nation

27. Barack Obama (2009) #1

Most frequently used:
1. Nation
2. New
3. America
4. People
5. Less

28. Barack Obama (2013) #2

Most frequently used:
1. Must
2. People
3. Time
4. America
5. Together

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