Today, January 20th, 2017, Donald Trump has become the 45th President of the United States. During his inauguration, Trump took his oath to office by swearing on two Bibles; one was Abe Lincoln’s, and the other was his bible as a child.
Did you know that George Washington began the tradition of swearing on the Bible in 1789? Let’s take a look at several other intriguing and fascinating facts from previous inauguration days from throughout the years.
7 Intriguing Facts About Presidential Inauguration Days
1. The First Inauguration Address
On April 30th, 1789, George Washington’s Presidential inauguration was in New York City. There was a huge crowd present which turned out to become a fanfare; the first inauguration day parade. This led to the first inaugural address by a President which has also become a yearly tradition.
2. March 4th Was Inauguration Day
March 4th was named the official Presidential inauguration day after Washington’s Presidency. The 20th amendment was what changed the date to January 20th which is closer to the beginning of a new Congress.
3. President Harrison Probably Did Not Die From His Inauguration Day
When President Harrison passed away in 1841, it was blamed on his long speech and cold weather during his inauguration. Since he became sick 3 weeks after his inauguration, then died a week later, Historians now believe that the cold weather was not to blame. More than likely, the president contracted typhoon fever which resulted in his death.
4. Who Added “Under God” to the Inauguration Day Oath?
Nobody knows for sure who added those words to the oath! Some believe that it was Washington who first said it, but there is no evidence of it.
5. Hoover Was The Last President to Not Say “Under God” in his Inauguration Day Oath
Every President since Hoover has been known to say “under God” in their oath. Hoover did not, however. He simply said, “I do.”
6. John Quincy Adams Did Not Take His Oath on a Bible
Adams took his oath on a law book instead. The law book contained the Constitution of the United States of America.
7. The Vice President Takes a Different Oath Than the President
The Vice President’s oath is first, and a little bit longer than the President’s. The wording is a bit different, as well.