5 inauguration facts of presidential proportions


Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress (My own roll of film from this day sadly did not turn out)

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.)

My source.

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