Technological Advancements at the White House ›
- The White House installed its first telegraph office in 1866.
- The White House staff started using typewriters in 1880.
- Electricity was installed in the White House in 1891.
- Electric vacuum cleaners were used for the first time on White House carpets in 1922.
- The White House acquired its first electric refrigerator in 1926.
- Technicians installed air conditioning in the White House's private quarters in 1933.
- President Truman used the White House as a film backdrop for presidential addresses and hosted a televised tour of the newly renovated White House with news reporter Walter Cronkite in 1952.
- President Eisenhower gave the first televised presidential news conference in 1955; the first live televised news conference was broadcast during the Kennedy administration.
How have advances in communication technology contributed to the public's awareness of the inaugurations of the presidents? ›
On a rainy March 4, 1845, Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, sat on the inaugural platform and personally reported President James K. Polk's inauguration by telegraph. He transmitted only as far as Baltimore, Maryland. The 1857 inauguration of President James Buchanan was the earliest to have been photographed.
In 1897, President William McKinley took the oath of office at the first inauguration record on movie film and gramophone record. Other inaugural technological firsts:
- First broadcast by radio: Calvin Coolidge, 1925
- First sound newsreel: Herbert Hoover, 1929
- First broadcast by television: Harry S. Truman, 1949
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