Monday, January 21, 2013

Remembering Presidential Inaugurations in Eight Photos

George Washington was the first president to have an inauguration.  While his inauguration was on March 4, 1789, the date was eventually changed to January 20.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to be sworn in on January 20 in 1937.  The change was supposed to decrease the amount of time between the election and the beginning of the president's term.

The Inauguration of James Buchanan at the Capitol on March 4, 1857.  This is the first known photograph of a presidential inauguration.

President Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration on March 4, 1865.  It rained during the day, and it was the first time that African American troops took part in the inaugural parade.
First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln wore pearls and diamonds with her ball gown to President Lincoln's second inauguration.

Theodore Roosevelt on his way to the Capitol on March 4, 1905.

Helen Taft's gown for the 1909 inaugural ball.  She was the first wife to ride with the president from the Capitol to the White House.

Outgoing president, William H. Taft and the newly elected Woodrow Wilson at the inauguration in 1913.

Calvin Coolidge and his wife, Grace right before the inaugural celebration begins in 1925.   Coolidge's address made history as the first one broadcast on national radio.

 Fireworks at President Harry S. Truman's inauguration on January 20, 1949.

 What are your inauguration memories?  Which is the first one you can remember?


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