Daily Photo — “Harding Inauguration, 1921”
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Beginning with Washington in 1789, every four years without break, the United States has sworn in a new President. This peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our Republic, and something that sets us apart from a majority of the world. Most inauguration ceremonies are held at the US Capitol, with very few exceptions, and since 1981 on the western side. Previously they were on the eastern. In 1937, Inauguration Day was moved from March 4 to January 20.
Compare this photo of President Harding’s inaugural from almost 100 years ago to that of Donald Trump’s today, once photos are available.
March 4, 1921. “Harding inauguration, 1921.” Harris & Ewing glass negative.
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