Presidential Inaugurations

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Gray's Ferry

An East View of Gray's Ferry, near Philadelphia; with the Triumphal Arches, &c. erected for the Reception of General Washington, April 20th, 1789.

Federal Hall

Front elevation of Federal Hall in New York City, site of George Washington's first inauguration, April 30, 1789

Washington Inaugural Address

George Washington delivered his first inaugural address to a joint session of Congress, assembled in Federal Hall, New York City, on 30 April 1789.

Washington Laurel Wreath

George Washington, bust portrait with laurel wreath, facing left

Washington Oath

This image shows Washington taking his oath of office before he addressed Congress with his inaugural address.

Washington Portrait

Head-and-shoulders portrait of George Washington as the "President of the United States" and "The protector of his country, and the supporter of the rights of mankind."

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, a philosopher, a patriote [sic], and a friend

Jackson Oath

Chief Justice John Marshall administering the oath of office to Andrew Jackson on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1829.

Jackson Address

Inaugural address on being sworn into office, March 4, 1829 ... Entered according to the Act of Congress 1836 by E. Bailey in the Clerk's office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

Jackson Procession

President's Levee, or all Creation going to the White House, Washington, [March 4, 1829]. This documents the inaugural celebration of Andrew Jackson.

Pierce Inauguration

Assembly of the multitude at the eastern portico, at the commencement of the inauguration ceremonies. Inauguration of Franklin Pierce, 1853

Buchanan Inauguration

Inauguration ball (for James Buchanan) in the immense building erected for the purpose in Judiciary Square, Washington City, March 4th, 1857.

Lincoln Bible

Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the oath of office to Abraham Lincoln using the Bible shown here.

Lincoln Inauguration

Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, 4 March 1861.

Lincoln Oath

Lincoln taking the oath at his second inauguration, March 4, 1865.The case

Lincoln Reception

Abraham Lincoln's last reception / Hohenstein, Anton, c.1823- artist


President Garfield in reviewing stand, viewing inauguration ceremonies, March 4, 1881

Cleveland Inauguration

The inauguration - night scene near the White House. This image depicts the celebration in Washington D.C. on the night that Grover Cleveland was inaugurated.

Roosevelt in Carriage

Theodore Roosevelt in carriage on Pennsylvania Avenue on way to Capitol, March 4, 1905

Taft and Roosevelt

Taft and Roosevelt driving to the Capitol, 1909

FDR Inauguration

Aerial view of U.S. Capitol and crowd on the grounds of the east front of the U.S. Capitol, during the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 4, 1933

FDR snow

Crowd stands in snow for FDR’s fourth inauguration ceremony

JFK Church Service

John F. Kennedy Shakes hands with Father Richard J. Casey after attending Mass at Holy Trinity Church

LBJ Oath

Sarah T. Hughes, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Texas, administering oath of office to Lyndon B. Johnson in the Conference Room aboard Air Force One at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963

LBJ Inauguration

Secret service agents try to hold back the crowds that surge forward to watch President Johnson dance with the First Lady at the inaugural ball at the National Guard Armory [...].

Carter Walk

President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter walk down Pennsylvania Avenue during Inauguration, January 20, 1977.

Reagan Inauguration

January 20, 1981—Ronald Reagan's Inaugural ceremony in progress on the Capitol's west front.

Reagan Lunch

President Reagan's inaugural luncheon in the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1981

Bush Oath

Chief Justice William Rehnquist administering the oath of office to George Bush on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, with Barbara Bush smiling and looking on, January 20, 1989.

Bush Helicopter

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush depart the U.S. Capitol from the East Front on January 20, 1993.

Clinton Ball

Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, full-length portrait, dancing at inaugural ball, in front of group of people.

Obama Concert

Pete Seeger, left, and Bruce Springsteen, right, perform during the We are One Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial Jan. 18, 2009 in Washington

Obama Concert

People listen and watch the "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial" in at the National Mall in Washington D.C., Jan. 18, 2009.

Obama Oath

President Barack Obama is given the Oath of Office for a second time by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. in the Map Room of the White House 1/21/09




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