Woodrow Wilson in 1912.
Woodrow Wilson in 1912.

The 1913 State of the Union Address was given by Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, on Tuesday, December 2, 1913. It was given directly to the 63rd United States Congress by the president as a speech. Wilson was the first to deliver it as a speech, rather than a written message, since John Adams in 1800.[1] With a few exceptions all addresses since then have been given directly following Wilson's lead.[2]

It was his first. He stated, "The country, I am thankful to say, is at peace with all the world, and many happy manifestations multiply about us of a growing cordiality and sense of community of interest among the nations, foreshadowing an age of settled peace and good will."[3] The speech was just over 3,500 words and took 28 minutes to read.[2]

In 2014 RealClearPolitics placed it 10th on their list of "Top 10 State of the Union Addresses" for its break with tradition.[4]


  1. ^ Frederick N. Rasmussen. "Woodrow Wilson revived the tradition of the oral State of the Union address". The Baltimore Sun, 29 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b Jaime Fuller. "Ranking the SOTU: The 5th best State of the Union address". The Washington Post, 24 January 2014.
  3. ^ "State of the Union Address: Woodrow Wilson (December 2, 1913)". Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Top 10 State of the Union Addresses: 10. Woodrow Wilson - December 2, 1913". RealClearPolitics, 3 March 2014.
Preceded by
1912 State of the Union Address
State of the Union addresses
Succeeded by
1914 State of the Union Address