This drawing shows President George Washington as he delivers his inaugural address in the Senate Chamber of Old Federal Hall in New York on April 30, 1789.
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This drawing shows Abraham Lincoln taking the oath of office as the 16th president of the United States in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 4, 1861.
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This artist's rendition shows Ulysses S. Grant as he takes the oath of office during his second inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol building on on March 4, 1873.
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Calvin Coolidge gives his inaugural address on March 4, 1925, becoming the 30th President of the United States.
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Troops in the inaugural parade pass President Herbert Hoover's reviewing stand in Washington on March 4, 1929.
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U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office at Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 20, 1961.
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Lyndon Johnson takes the oath of office during inauguration ceremonies in front of the Capitol Building on Jan. 20, 1965. Holding the bible at center is Lady Bird Johnson, beginning a new tradition.
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Richard M. Nixon is sworn in as the 37th president of the United States during inaugural ceremonies in front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1969.
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Gerald R. Ford takes the oath of office as the 38th president of the United States as his wife Betty stands at his side in the East Room of the White House on Aug. 4, 1974.
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U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush addresses the audience outside of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1989, after he was sworn in as the 41st president of the United States.
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President Harry S. Truman delivers inaugural address from the Capitol portico on Jan. 20, 1949, after taking the oath of office for his first full term as chief executive.
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A sea of spectators listen as President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers inaugural address in Washington, Jan. 20, 1953.
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Rosalynn Carter looks at her husband Jimmy Carter as he takes the oath of office as the 39th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 1977, in Washington.
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First Lady Nancy Reagan watches as President Ronald Reagan is sworn in during ceremonies in the Rotunda beneath the Capitol Dome in Washington.
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt tips his hat to the crowd after taking the Oath of Office as President of the United States for his third consecutive term on Jan. 20, 1941, in Washington.
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President Dwight D. Eisenhower waves to the crowd during his Inauguration parade on Jan. 20, 1953, in Washington.
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President George W. Bush and his wife Laura walk down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House after Bush was sworn in as the 43rd president on Jan. 20, 2001.
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Barack Obama, joined by his wife Michelle, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009.