Presidential Inaugurations

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Excerpt from the first Inaugural Address of George Washington, on April 30, 1789 in New York, NY

Excerpt from the Journal of William Maclay, one of the first two senators from Pennsylvania witness of Washington's inauguration


Chorus to “Pieces,” a song to be sung at the German Reformed Church on March 4, 1801 for the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson

Excerpts from Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address – March 4, 1801

Excerpts from the First Inaugural Address of Andrew Jackson - MARCH 4, 1829

Excerpts from the First Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln - MARCH 4, 1861

Excerpts from the Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln - March 4, 1865

James A. Garfield’s Inaugural Ball Program, March 4, 1881

Excerpts from the Inaugural Address of Theodore Roosevelt - March 4, 1905


Excerpt from the First Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt - March 4, 1933

Excerpt from the Second Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt - January 20, 1937

Fourth Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 20, 1945

"The Gift Outright," recited by Robert Frost at the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961

Excerpts from the First Inaugural Address of Ronald Reagan - January 20, 1981

Memo on Inauguration activities to the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court, January 6, 1989.

Excerpt from the Inaugural Address of George Bush – January 20, 1989

Excerpt from the First Inaugural Address of William J. Clinton - January 20, 1993

Inaugural Poem for William Jefferson Clinton by Maya Angelou, 20 January 1993

Excerpt from the Inaugural Address of Barack Obama - January 20, 2009

"'Overwhelming emotion' at star-studded Obama inaugural concert," article in the Agence France-Presse, January 19, 2009

“Praise Song for the Day,” written and recited by Elizabeth Alexander, recited for the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.

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