Trust and Gratitude for the Guardian & Guide of America

President James Madison
President James Madison


In his First Inaugural Address, delivered on Saturday, March 4, 1809, “Father of the Constitution,” Federalist Paper collaborator, champion and author of the U.S. Bill of Rights, and now 4th President of the United States, James Madison, spoke of his trust in, and gratitude for, that Almighty Being who had watched over and guided America’s beginnings. Said Madison:

“But the source to which I look or the aids which alone can supply my deficiencies is in the well-tried intelligence and virtue of my fellow-citizens, and in the counsels of those representing them in the other departments associated in the care of the national interests. In these my confidence will under every difficulty be best placed, next to that which we have all been encouraged to feel in the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being whose power regulates the destiny of nations, whose blessings have been so conspicuously dispensed to this rising Republic, and to whom we are bound to address our devout gratitude for the past, as well as our fervent supplications and best hopes for the future.”

Source: James Madison, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1809.

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