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Inauguration Dates and Your Ancestors





With the inauguration date of January 20, 2017, it might be interesting to note the previous dates of presidential inaugurations and include it with your family history. Place the president and the date with the appropriate family members time frame.

If really interested you might see if any ancestor may have attended an inauguration because they were a big supporter, from the hometown of the president or lived close to Washington, DC. 

I found from local newspaper articles that my grandfather attended the inauguration of President Calvin Coolidge on March 4, 1925 at his second inauguration.  He had been active in the Republican Party.

Note over the years the month of an inauguration has changed. Starting with George Washington in April and then March, and most from then on being in March. The exception would be when there was a death of a president and the Vice President took over. 

Beginning with the second term of Franklin D. Roosevelt the inauguration date was changed to be in January.

So keep this list and add the information to your family tree on this Inauguration Date, the 58th time since 1789.

PRESIDENT

FIRST

SECOND

THIRD

FOURTH

George Washington

4/30/1789

3/4/1793

John Adams

3/4/1797

Thomas Jefferson

3/4/1801

3/4/1805

James Madison

3/4/1809

3/4/1813

James Monroe

3/4/1817

3/5/1821

John Quincy Adams

3/4/1825

Andrew Jackson

3/4/1829

3/4/1833

Martin Van Buren

3/4/1837

William Henry Harrison

3/4/1841

John Tyler

4/6/1841

James Knox Polk

3/4/1845

Zachary Taylor

3/5/1849

Millard Fillmore

7/10/1850

Franklin Pierce

3/4/1853

James Buchanan

3/4/1857

Abraham Lincoln

3/4/1861

3/4/1865

Andrew Johnson

4/15/1865

Ulysses S. Grant

3/4/1869

3/4/1873

Rutherford B. Hayes

3/5/1877

James A. Garfield

3/4/1881

Chester Arthur

9/20/1881

Grover Cleveland

3/4/1885

Benjamin Harrison

3/4/1889

Grover Cleveland

3/4/1893

William McKinley

3/4/1897

3/4/1901

Theodore Roosevelt

9/14/1901

3/4/1905

William Howard Taft

3/4/1909

Woodrow Wilson

3/4/1913

3/5/1917

Warren G. Harding

3/4/1921

Calvin Coolidge

8/3/1923

3/4/1925

Herbert Hoover

3/4/1929

Franklin D. Roosevelt

3/4/1933

1/20/1937

1/20/1941

1/20/1945

Harry S. Truman

4/12/1945

1/20/1949

Dwight D. Eisenhower

1/20/1953

1/21/1957

John F. Kennedy

1/20/1961

Lyndon B. Johnson

11/22/1963

1/20/1965

Richard M. Nixon

1/20/1969

1/20/1973

Gerald R. Ford

8/9/1974

Jimmy Carter

1/20/1977

Ronald Reagan

1/20/1981

1/21/1985

George Bush

1/20/1989

William J. Clinton

1/20/1993

1/20/1997

George W. Bush

1/20/2001

1/20/2005

Barack Obama

1/20/2009

1/21/2013

Donald J. Trump

1/20/2017


Photos: Inaugurations of G. Washington, A. Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and JF Kennedy.

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