The History of Presidential Inaugurations
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Learn about the history of the United States presidential inauguration. For more than two hundred years America’s citizens have witnessed the Inauguration ceremonies of the President and Vice President of the United States. From the first Inauguration of


The History of Presidential Inaugurations Hey, welcome to I'm your host Derek Allen and today we will be exploring the history of the United States presidential inauguration. Prior to 1937 inauguration day and the United States was traditionally set for March 4, four months after the presidential election. This delay was meant to give the president elect enough time to get things in order and then make the trip to Washington DC which couldn’t be quite arguist during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Only if March 4th fell on a Sunday or a president died during his term was this day changed. The only other exception of this was the inauguration of the 1st president of the United States, George Washington who was sworn in on April 30th 1789 in New York City. Ever since 1937 in the swearing in of Franklin D. Roosevelt 2nd term as president, inauguration day has traditionally been held every four years on the 20th of January. It was the 20th amendment to the United States constitution that changed the inauguration day. Government felt that in the modern age the lengthy delay between election and inauguration could impede the government from punching in properly. The only exceptions to the January 20th day were those following the deaths of Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy and the resignation of Richard Nixon. In these cases, the successors were sworn in immediately. Currently, the tradition has a swearing in of the president taking place at noon which officially begins the commencement of a new presidential term. the president alive is required by the United States constitution to take a swearing that they will preserve, protect, and defend the constitution. Anyone legally authorized to administer an oath contentmently swearing a president. However, tradition has the Chief Justice of the United States administering the oath on inauguration day. The only exceptions have occurred after a presidential death. Some notable cases include the swearing in of Calvin Coolidge after the death of Warren Harding. The oath was administered by his father and notary at his home in Vermont. The only woman to ever swear in a president Sarah Hughes a federal judge who administered the oath for Lyndon B. Johnson aboard Air force 1 just over 2 hours after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Well there is no requirement in the United States Constitution that any book could be used in administering the oath. Most presidents have chosen to be sworn in on a bible. The George Washington inaugural bible has been used to be sworn in on several times and on January 20th, 2009 Barack Obama used the same bible that Abraham Lincoln used during his inauguration.