Inauguration Day is fast approaching; every four years on January 20th at noon the individual elected to be the president of the United States takes their oath and is officially sworn into office. This, like many other aspects of the U.S. election system is full of traditions that at this point have spanned decades. Where did these traditions come from? Have they always been in place since the beginning of our presidential system, or did they develop over time?
Did you know:
- William Henry Harrison had the longest inaugural speech of any president, but the shortest term.
- Theodore Roosevelt was the only president not to be sworn in with the bible.
- Dwight Eisenhower, in 1953, was the beginning of the January 20th inauguration trend.
- The inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson was the first to take place on an airplane, and the first oath of office administered by a woman.
Interested in finding out more quirky presidential facts? Check out the Library of Congress’ Resource Guide here!