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Inauguration

  • Herbert Hoover Greets Franklin Roosevelt
    Harris & Ewing
    inauguration
    North Portico
    This photograph by Harris & Ewing shows outgoing President Herbert Hoover greeting President-Elect Franklin Roosevelt outside the North Portico of the White House on inauguration day.
  • Hoover Greets Well-Wishers
    Herbert E. French
    inauguration
    This photograph by Herbert E. French of National Photo Company shows President Herbert Hoover greeting a crowd of well-wishers following his inauguration. French was known for his photographs that captured life in Washington, D.C., from the Wilson through to the Hoover administrations.
  • Inauguration Day
    National Photo Company
    Inauguration
    This photograph was taken on March 4, 1925 and shows the parade marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House on President Calvin Coolidge's inauguration day.
  • Truman Family Attends Second Inauguration Ball
    Abbie Rowe
    First Family
    inauguration
    This photograph by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service shows President Harry Truman, First Lady Bess Truman and daughter Margaret at Truman's second inaugural ball. Left to right: Unidentified man, Mrs. Bess Truman, Perle Mesta, President Truman, Margaret Truman, Arthur Bergman (Director of the National Guard Armory), unidentified man.
  • The Roosevelts at FDR's First Inauguration
    Harris & Ewing
    First Family
    inauguration
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt posing for cameras at the bottom of the South Portico steps on the day of his first inauguration in 1933.
  • President Roosevelt Delivers His First Inaugural Address
    Unknown
    Inauguration
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivering his First Inaugural Address in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 1933. The passage of the 20th Amendment later in the year meant Roosevelt was the last president to be inaugurated in March and the first to be inaugurated in January when he was re-elected in 1936.
  • FDR Takes Oath of Office
    Unknown
    Inauguration
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he takes the Oath of Office from Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes at his third Inaugural Ceremony on January 20, 1941.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt in Her Inauguration Gown
    Unknown
    Inauguration
    This black and white photograph is of Eleanor Roosevelt posing in her inaugural gown at the White House. This gown was for her husband's second inauguration in 1937.
  • President and Mrs. Roosevelt with Grandchildren
    Unknown
    Inauguration
    First Family
    White House Guests
    Second Floor
    Yellow Oval Room
    In this black and white photograph, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt pose with their 13 grandchildren in the Yellow Oval Room on the second floor of the White House during the President’s fourth and last inauguration.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt in Her Inauguration Gown
    Unknown
    Inauguration
    This black and white photograph shows First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wearing her inaugural gown from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inauguration in 1933.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt's Grandchildren
    Abbie Rowe
    First family
    South Grounds
    South Portico
    In this black and white photograph by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service, the grandchildren of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (not pictured) are gathered at the top of the stairs on the South Portico at President Roosevelt's 4th inauguration.
  • President's Levee, or All Creation Going to the White-House, Washington
    Robert Cruikshank
    White House Guests
    South Grounds
    This engraving done in 1840 illustrates an Andrew Jackson-era levee. Famously, Jackson threw an inauguration party at the White House where guests refused to leave and to be lured outside the building by tubs of ice cream and whisky punch. The engraving was done by Robert Cruikshank, sometimes referred to as Isaac Robert Cruikshank.
  • Inauguration, Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Unknown
    inauguration
    South Portico
    White House Guests
    This photograph shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt's final inauguration ceremony in 1945 from the South Portico. A total of 5,500 guests were invited inside the White House fence.
  • William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt
    Unknown
    inauguration
    This photograph shows President Theodore Roosevelt standing with President-elect William Howard Taft on the day of Taft's inauguration.
  • Taft Seated in the Oval Office
    Unknown
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This black and white photograph is of President William Howard Taft seated in the Oval Office. Taft was the second president to occupy the West Wing. He is responsible for creating the Oval Office, ordering its construction in 1909, only a few months after his inauguration.
  • Inauguration of George Washington
    Johnson, Fry & Co.
    Inauguration
    This print of President George Washington taking the oath of office was published by Johnson, Fry and Co. Publishers in New York City in 1859. This drawing was based off of the painting completed by Alonzo Chappel. Washington served as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. The first president was in office from April 30, 1789 until March 4, 1797. The men surrounding President Washington include General Henry Knox, General Friedrich von Steuben, and future president John Adams.
  • Mamie Eisenhower in Inaugural Gown
    Unknown
    inauguration
    This photograph from January 1953 shows First Lady Mamie Eisenhower in her first Inaugural ball gown. The dress, designed by Nettie Rosenstein, was a pink peau de soie gown and included over 2,000 rhinestones. She also carried a Judith Leiber purse. Mrs. Eisenhower had an affinity for fashionable clothing.
  • The Eisenhowers Exchange Farewells with White House Staff
    Edward Clark
    staff
    In this photograph, taken on January 20, 1961 by Edward Clark, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower shake hands and say farewell to members of the White House staff ahead of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.
  • President and Mrs. Johnson Before the Inauguration
    United States Information Agency
    inauguration
    North Portico
    Congress
    In this photograph, taken by the United States Information Agency on January 20, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson leave the White House through the North Portico on their way to attend the Inauguration. The Johnsons are accompanied by Senator B. Everett Jordan (right) of North Carolina, chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey following behind them.
  • The Johnsons in the White House on Inauguration Day
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    Bedroom
    Family Quarters
    inauguration
    This candid photograph of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson was taken on Inauguration Day, January 20, 1965. The Johnsons are in the private rooms of the White House residence preparing to attend the inauguration. Chief Justice Earl Warren would administer the presidential oath of office at 12:03 p.m. before a crowd estimated to be between 1.2 to 1.5 million people. During the ceremony, First Lady Johnson would become the first wife to hold the bible for her husband.
  • President Kennedy Speaks with Robert Frost
    Department of State
    Inauguration
    Green Room
    State Floor
    White House Guests
    This photograph taken by the Department of State shows President John F. Kennedy in the Green Room with poet Robert Frost. Frost, who was 85 years old at the time, recited one of his works during the Inauguration Day ceremonies.
  • Inaugural Parade
    National Photo Company
    inauguration
    This is a photograph of an inaugural parade, possibly for President Calvin Coolidge. This photograph is from the Herbert E. French collection, at the Library of Congress, which captured life in Washington, D.C. from the Wilson to the Hoover administrations.
  • Ford Family in the Oval Office on Inauguration Day
    Unknown
    inauguration
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    First Family
    This color photograph shows the Ford family in the Oval Office after Gerald R. Ford's swearing-in ceremony. Left to Right: Jack Ford, Steve Ford, First Lady Betty Ford, President Gerald R. Ford, Susan Ford, Mrs. Gayle Ann and Mike Ford.
  • President and Mrs. Reagan Waving During Inaugural Parade
    Karl Schumacher
    event
    inauguration
    In this photograph, taken on January 20, 1981, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan wave to the crowd during their first inaugural parade.
  • President McKinley's Second Inaugural Ball
    J. H. Harper
    inauguration
    This is a photograph of President William McKinley's second inaugural ball on March 4, 1901 in the Pension Building, now the National Building Museum.