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  • An illustration of the inauguration of President William Henry Harrison on March 4, 1841, is seen here. Harrison's inauguration took place on a cold day, and he rode to the celebration on horseback instead of in a closed carriage. He delivered the longest inaugural address in history without wearing a coat or hat. Harrison was the first president to die in office after catching a cold that later turned into pneumonia.
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  • The first known photograph of an inauguration at the Capitol, still under construction, was at the inauguration of James Buchanan on March 4, 1857. The photographer was John Wood, the photographer for the Architect of the Capitol from 1856 to 1861.
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  • A crowd gathers in front of the unfinished Capitol building in Washington, D.C. for Abraham Lincoln's first inauguration on March 4, 1861. Lincoln is standing beneath a wood canopy in a white shirt.
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  • People wait for the start of Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration on a rainy day in Washington, March 4, 1865. According to the Library of Congress, "The crowd includes African American troops who marched in the inaugural parade. In considering the Civil War that had begun in 1861 and was nearing conclusion, Lincoln ended his speech with the famous phrase: 'With malice toward none, with charity for all, ... let us strive on to finish the work we are in, ... to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.'"
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  • Theodore Roosevelt is seen giving his inaugural address, March 4, 1905.
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  • Inauguration of President William Taft is seen here, March 4, 1909
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  • Woodrow Wilson, President-elect Warren G Harding, Philander Knox and Joseph Cannon are seen in a convertible, Washington, March 4, 1921.
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  • Revelers dance at a charity inaugural ball for Herbert Hoover at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on March 4, 1929.
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  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt speaks on a platform during his fourth presidential inauguration.
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  • Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy march up Pennsylvania Avenue, Jan. 20, 1949, with the Capitol in the background during inaugural parade for President Harry Truman.
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  • Dwight D. Eisenhower takes the Oath of Office as the president of the United States during his inauguration, Jan. 20, 1953, in Washington.
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  • President John Fitzgerald Kennedy stands on a platform for his inauguration as 35th president on the east front of the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 20, 1961.
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  • President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy attend the inaugural ball, Jan. 20, 1961, in Washington.
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  • Lyndon Johnson takes the oath of office aboard Air Force One after President Kennedy's assassination, Nov. 22, 1963, in United States.
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  • President Richard Nixon is seen here on the east portico of U.S. Capitol Building during his inauguration in Washington, on Jan. 20, 1969.
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  • Gerald R. Ford takes the oath of office as the 38th president of the United States as his wife, Betty, right, stands at his side in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Aug. 4. 1974.
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  • Sharing the presidential limousine ride to Capitol Hill for the inauguration are President Gerald Ford, President-elect Jimmy Carter, Sen. Howard Cannon and Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, Jan. 20, 1977, in Washington.
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  • President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter walk from the Capitol to the White House during his inauguration parade. Carter had just been sworn in as the 39th president of the U.S. Jan. 20, 1977.
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  • President Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy wave to the crowd from the presidential limousine as they ride down Pennsylvania Avenue during the inaugural parade, Jan. 20, 1981, in Washington.
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  • President George H. W. Bush, raises his hand as he takes the oath of office as president of the United States outside the Capitol, Jan. 20, 1989, Washington.
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  • President Bill Clinton is sworn in on Jan. 20, 1997, for his second term on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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  • President William Jefferson Clinton is sworn in on Jan. 20, 1993.
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  • President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney stand on the stage during Inauguration Day ceremonies on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 20, 2005, in Washington.
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  • President George W. Bush dances with singer Ricky Martin at the opening ceremony of the inauguration at the Lincoln Memorial, Jan. 18, 2001 in Washington.
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  • President Barack Obama gives his inaugural address, Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington.
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  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sing together as they dance during the Inaugural Ball at the Walter Washington Convention Center, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.
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