U.S. Presidential Inaugurations
The Constitution, as originally adopted, made no mention of a date to inaugurate the president. March 4 was codified as Inauguration Day in 1792, and was written into the Constitution with adoption of the 12th Amendment in 1804.
But the March inauguration meant an extended lame-duck session for Congress, and in 1933, the 20th Amendment established that the terms of the president and vice president end at noon on Jan. 20.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president sworn in on January 20 in 1937.
The shortest inaugural speech was delivered by the first president, George Washington It was 135 words. (1793)
Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest person to become president at 42 years,322 days. (1901)
Donald J Trump is the oldest person to become president at 70 years, 220 days. (2017).
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Library of Congress
The Library of Congress digital collections include a wide variety of primary source materials documenting presidential inaugurations. This Web guide includes diaries and letters written by presidents and those who witnessed the inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.
James Buchanan was the first inauguration to be photographed in 1857.
William McKinley was the first inauguration to be recorded by a motion picture camera in 1897.
The first inaugural address to be broadcast by radio was Calvin Coolidge in 1925.
Harry Truman was the first president to have his inauguration televised in 1949.
The first inaugural address to be streamed live on the Internet was Bill Clinton in 1997.