The presidential inauguration is well over a year away but that does not mean we can not continue strengthening the steel trap that we believe our minds to be. Thus I have thrown my shoulder into the grand task before us. Here are the results of my grueling efforts, five things you should know about the presidential inauguration.
- March 4, 1793 — George Washington: Shortest inaugural address (135 words).
- March 4, 1817 James Monroe: First president to take the oath out-of-doors in Washington.
- March 4, 1853 — Franklin Pierce: First president to deliver inaugural address without referring to notes.
- September 20, 1881, and September 22, 1881 — Chester A. Arthur: Pronounced the words “So help me, God” after taking the oath; other presidents have followed this example.
- January 20, 1945 — Franklin D. Roosevelt: First and only time a president was inaugurated for a fourth term. (The 22d Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1951, restricts the presidency to two terms.)