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U.S. Presidential Inauguration: Historical Facts That Will Fascinate You

President-Elect Joe Biden Takes Oath on January 20th

Joe Biden, the incoming President of the United States, will take his oath of office at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. at noon on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, becoming our country’s 46th president.

Since 1789, the U.S. presidential Inauguration ceremony has been performed to mark the beginning of a new four-year term. Once the president of the United States is sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, an inaugural address is delivered by the new chief executive. This momentous event takes 72 to 78 days following the presidential election.

 

Looking Back at Past U.S. Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies

As the whole world holds its breath before the next president of the United States assumes office on January 20th, we take you back in time to check out these fascinating historical facts about past U.S. presidential inaugurations.

1. The first inauguration needed some improvisation.

On April 30, 1789, George Washington was welcomed by a large crowd in New York City. When he arrived at the Federal Hall for the inauguration ceremony, the officials realized that they forgot to bring the Bible that would be used at the ceremony. They scrambled to obtain one from the nearest Masonic Lodge.

2. The start of the new administration used to be March 4th.

Did you know that the presidential inauguration used to be performed on March 4th? The official day for the commencement of the new administration was later moved to January 20th following the passage of the 20th Amendment.

3. People thought that William Henry Harrison was killed by his inauguration activities.

William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States, was the shortest-serving president and the first one to die in office. On the day of his inauguration on March 4, 1841, Harrison chose to brave the cold weather by refusing to wear a hat or an overcoat while riding on horseback on his way to the venue. To top it all off, he delivered what was known to be the longest inaugural address in the history of the United States. Afterward, he rode through the city streets in the inaugural parade before attending three separate inaugural balls later that evening.

Everything was going well until he started to exhibit cold-like symptoms on March 26th that same year. His condition worsened over the next few days until his death on April 4th — exactly 31 days after he took the oath of office.

4. The President and President-elect travel to the Capitol together.

Outgoing President Andrew Jackson rode in the same carriage with President-elect Martin Van Buren on their way to the Capitol on Inauguration Day in 1837. Although this tradition has been continued by several Presidents and Presidents-elect, it was during the inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes when another tradition started. The outgoing President and the President-elect meet at the White House before traveling together to the Capitol for the Presidential Inauguration ceremony.

 

Send a Message of Hope to Sick Kids and Their Families

The U.S. Presidential Inauguration sends a clear message of hope for a brighter future for our country as the person elected by the American people begins to chart a new path for our nation.

You can also send a message of hope to the sick and suffering children together with their families in your local area by donating any vehicle you no longer need to us at Kids Car Donations. We’ll use your donation to save the lives of these kids and enable them to regain their vitality.

We will sell your donated vehicle through an auction and use the proceeds to support the vital programs and services of our nonprofit partners. These IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofits provide boys and girls facing serious health challenges with comprehensive and quality medical assistance, including free and easy access to vital health services, emotional support, and other essential health care services.

Not only is it easy to make a vehicle donation to us, but it’s also very rewarding. Your donation will qualify you to receive a top tax deduction in the next tax season. You’ll also benefit from our quick, hassle-free, and no-paperwork donation process and our free pickup and towing service, which we offer to our donors in all 50 states. This means we can collect your vehicle wherever you are in the country.

You can donate not just a car but almost any other type of vehicle whether in good or not so good condition.

For more information, feel free to check out our FAQs page. If you have any questions, call us at 866-634-8395 or leave us a message here.

 

Be a Life-Saver Today!

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Your vehicle donation will mean a lot to the impoverished families in your community whose children need utmost medical attention. Your donation could help save their lives. Call Kids Car Donations at 866-634-8395 or fill out our online donation form now!