Inaguration timeline


First Inaguration held at Federal Hall, New York

April 30 1789

John Adams, first President to be sworn in by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

March 4 1797

James Madison held the first Inauguration Ball

March 4 1809

First Inaguration to take place during a war

March 4 1813

James Madison's second Inauguration took place during the War of 1812

For the first time there were multiple Inauguration Balls

March 4 1833

President: Andrew Jackson

Franklin Pierce was the first to give his Inauguration speech entirely from memory

March 4 1853

James Buchanan's Inauguration was the first to be photographed

March 4 1857

Abraham Lincoln had African Americans a part of the Inaugural parade

March 4 1865