What ideas for government did Thomas Jefferson stress in his inaugural address?

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Thomas Jefferson served as the nation’s second Vice President, serving under President John Adams. In the fourth presidential election held in 1800, Thomas Jefferson achieved victory over John Adams in one of the most contested presidential elections ever.

In his inaugural speech, President Thomas Jefferson recognized the highly partisan mood and focused his speech on reconciliation. He urged the leaders from the different groups to support his administration because they shared the same vision for the country despite their differences of opinion.

With regard to the government, Thomas Jefferson recognized the institutions enshrined in the Constitution and the importance of their role in advancing the nation’s vision. He required the support of the governmental institutions in guiding him in his role as the president.

To you, then, gentlemen, who are charged with the sovereign functions of legislation, and to those associated with you, I look with encouragement for that guidance and...

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