12 Things You Might Not Know About Inauguration Day
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12 Things You Might Not Know About Inauguration Day

Grab on to something, because these facts will blow you away!

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12 Things You Might Not Know About Inauguration Day
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1.) President George Washington holds the record for shortest inauguration address at just 135 words

2.) Up until 1936, the inauguration was held on March 4th.


3.) In 1865, during Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd inauguration, African-Americans participated in the inaugural parade for the very first time.


4.) Lyndon B. Johnson is the only president ever to have taken the oath of office on an airplane.

5.) Johnson was also the first and only president to be sworn in by a woman.


6.) Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration drew the largest crowd of any event in the history of Washington, D.C.


7.) William Henry Harrison gave the longest address at 8,445 words but served the shortest term as a president.


8.) Thomas Jefferson was the only president to walk to and from his inauguration.


9.) John Quincy Adams was the first president sworn in wearing long trousers.


10.) The first inauguration to be photographed was James Buchanan's.


11.) Harry S. Truman's inauguration was the first to be televised.



12.) The only president to not take the Oath of Office on a Bible was Theodore Roosevelt in 1901.

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