Link to MillerCenter.org’s transcript of speech
Summary of speech:
Taylor’s inaugural address is a very boilerplate level speech, enumerating the rights and responsibilities of the presidency and his oath to uphold them.
Thoughts on Transcript:
Zachary Taylor took 1090 words to do what George Washington did in 135.
One of the pieces that jumped out was that Taylor takes an oath to choose upstanding men for his appointments to federal positions. Over and over this oath is taken – several times by Taylor’s contemporaries (Tyler and Polk, Jackson, etc). It points to a growing problem: The Federal Government is increasing in power and corruption is taking hold in the rich environment. Looking back to the first addresses, the most that the Founding Fathers talked about were the needs for a strong moral foundation for the elected officials. To warrant a mention within Taylor’s rather spartan address points to growing discontent.