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“It is union that we want”–President William Henry Harrison

September 18, 2020

“It is union that we want”—selected quotations from the 1841 inaugural address of our ninth president William Henry Harrison—best known for being the longest such address. It should be better remembered for some of the powerful statements within it, ideas and concepts which the current party occupying the White House seems unable to recognize or fulfill.

“The freedom of the press is the great bulwark of civil and religious liberty, one of the most precious legacies,” said Mr. Harrison.

“It should be our constant and earnest endeavor mutually to cultivate a spirt of concord and harmony among the various parts of our government.”

“It is union that we want, not of a party for the sake of that party, but a union of the whole country for the sake of the whole country, for the defense of its interests against foreign aggression, for the defense of those principles for which our ancestors so gloriously contended.”

Compare these ideas to the words of our forty-fifth president: “I am the only one!”

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