24 Delightful Inauguration Firsts
Think you know inauguration? Guess which President was the first to invite his mom.
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George Washington was the first and last President to be inaugurated in New York City.
Jefferson walked to and from his inauguration.
In 1809, James Madison invited the United States Marine Band to play for the inaugural ball, and they have played ever since.
John Q. Adams was the first president sworn in wearing long trousers instead of knickers.
President Harrison had a long winded inaugural address (10,000 words).
John Tyler was the first vice president to be inaugurated due to the death of his long winded boss.
James Polk had the first known newspaper illustration of a presidential inauguration in 1845.
Abe Lincoln had the first African-Americans participate in his inaugural parade.
James Garfield had his mom attend his Inauguration, a first for a president.
William McKinley had the first inaugural recorded by movie camera, in 1897.
Teddy Roosevelt had telephones installed on the Capitol grounds for his inaugural, so reporters could bask in its glory.
Taft rode with his wife in the procession from the Capitol to the White House, a presidential first.
Wilson's was the first time that women were part of the inaugural parade.
Harding was the first president to drive to and from the ceremony.
Coolidge had the first inaugural carried on the airwaves.
FDR was sworn in on a Bible written in a foreign language: Dutch.
FDR's inaugural in 1945 had no parade because of gas rationing.
Eisenhower was the first President lassoed by a cowboy at his Inauguration. He was very mad about it.
JFK's inauguration was the first time a poet recited. That poet was Robert Frost.
Reagan's first Inauguration was also the warmest ever.
Reagan's second Inauguration was the coldest.
The first Inaugural ceremony broadcast live on the Internet was Clinton's.
Obama's first inauguration holds the record for being the biggest event in the history of Washington, DC.