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PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATIONS
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Inauguration Site


Early inaugurations in Washington were held inside the U.S. Capitol. Since 1829, with four exceptions for inclement weather or ill health, they have been staged on outdoor platforms erected at the Capitol to enable the public to witness the event.

When presidents have died in office, their vice presidents have taken the oath of office in a variety of places – four in Washington, D.C., and four in other states.




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Harry Truman takes the Oath of Office, 1945. NPS/Harry S. Truman Library
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01 : Presidential Inaugurations / Intro
02 : Inauguration Site
03 : Inauguration Day
04 : Inaugurations and Technology
05 : Inaugural Oath and Address
06 : Inaugural Balls
07 : Inaugural Parades

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