Presidential Farewell and Last Addresses


Read by John Greenman

(4.5 stars; 2 reviews)

This collection will put in one place, all the Farewell (or last) Addresses made by each of the 43 ex-US presidents. The first, George Washington's "Farewell Address", issued as a public letter in 1796, was one of the most influential statements of republicanism. Drafted primarily by Washington himself, with help from Hamilton, it gives advice on the necessity and importance of national union, the value of the Constitution and the rule of law, the evils of political parties, and the proper virtues of a republican people. He called morality "a necessary spring of popular government". He said, "Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." Washington's public political address warned against foreign influence in domestic affairs and American meddling in European affairs. He warned against bitter partisanship in domestic politics and called for men to move beyond partisanship and serve the common good. He warned against "permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world", saying the United States must concentrate primarily on American interests. He counseled friendship and commerce with all nations, but warned against involvement in European wars and entering into long-term "entangling" alliances. The address quickly set American values regarding foreign affairs. ( Wikipedia) All of the other presidential addresses were collected from available on-line sources and, while there may be disagreement among some as to which, exactly, was the "last address" of a particular president, great effort has been made to be as accurate as possible. (summary by John Greenman) (9 hr 42 min)

Chapters

George Washington 51:02 Read by John Greenman
John Adams 12:37 Read by John Greenman
Thomas Jefferson 22:21 Read by John Greenman
James Madison 28:07 Read by John Greenman
James Monroe 1:06:28 Read by John Greenman
John Quincy Adams 1:00:30 Read by John Greenman
Andrew Jackson 1:03:02 Read by John Greenman
Martin Van Buren 1:09:48 Read by John Greenman
William Henry Harrison 1:03:04 Read by John Greenman
John Tyler 1:10:41 Read by John Greenman
James K. Polk - Part 1 1:15:05 Read by John Greenman
James K. Polk - Part 2 1:15:06 Read by John Greenman
James K. Polk - Part 3 11:26 Read by John Greenman
Zachary Taylor 59:36 Read by John Greenman
Millard Filmore 1:16:39 Read by John Greenman
Franklin Pierce - part 1 50:46 Read by John Greenman
Franklin Pierce - part 2 30:41 Read by John Greenman
James Buchanan - part 1 48:29 Read by John Greenman
James Buchanan - part 2 53:58 Read by John Greenman
Abraham Lincoln 16:47 Read by John Greenman
Andrew Johnson - part 1 52:41 Read by John Greenman
Andrew Johnson - part 2 26:50 Read by John Greenman
Ulysses S. Grant 51:17 Read by John Greenman
Rutherford B. Hayes - part 1 1:05:31 Read by John Greenman
Rutherford B. Hayes - part 2 40:31 Read by John Greenman
James Garfield 24:51 Read by John Greenman
Chester A. Arthur 1:11:34 Read by John Greenman
Benjamin Harrison - part 1 57:50 Read by John Greenman
Benjamin Harrison - part 2 48:58 Read by John Greenman
Grover Cleveland - part 1 58:12 Read by John Greenman
Grover Cleveland - part 2 1:03:34 Read by John Greenman
William McKinley 18:52 Read by John Greenman
Theodore Roosevelt 3:24 Read by John Greenman
William Howard Taft - part 1 41:07 Read by John Greenman
William Howard Taft - part 2 37:18 Read by John Greenman
Woodrow Wilson 21:01 Read by John Greenman
Warren G. Harding 12:40 Read by John Greenman
Calvin Coolidge 25:56 Read by John Greenman
Herbert Hoover 39:22 Read by John Greenman
Franklin D. Roosevelt 7:50 Read by John Greenman
Harry S. Truman 27:37 Read by John Greenman
Dwight D. Eisenhower 16:50 Read by John Greenman
John F. Kennedy 21:35 Read by John Greenman
Lyndon B. Johnson 33:06 Read by John Greenman
Richard Nixon 14:32 Read by John Greenman
Gerald Ford 39:22 Read by John Greenman
Jimmy Carter 17:18 Read by John Greenman
Ronald Reagan 24:45 Read by John Greenman
George H. W. Bush 27:20 Read by John Greenman
Bill Clinton 9:29 Read by John Greenman
George W. Bush 14:50 Read by John Greenman

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(4 stars)

It was grate because I did not like reading it my self.