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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter, head-and-shoulders portrait
[Jimmy Carter, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, next to an American flag].
Karl Schumacher, photographer; January 31, 1977.
Prints and Photographs Division.

Inauguration - January 20, 1977

Facts*

  • Folding chairs replaced wooden benches on the East Plaza.
  • Recited the oath of office with his family Bible, and the second bible used by George Washington was on the podium.
  • At Carter's request, the traditional inaugural luncheon was not held.
  • First president to exit his limousine just outside the Capitol grounds and walk along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House with his family after the ceremony.
  • Gerald Ford, outgoing President, was the first to leave the Capitol grounds by helicopter.
  • Solar heating warmed the reviewing stand.
  • Parade viewing stands included handicap accessibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter dancing at an inaugural ball
[President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter dancing at an inaugural ball, Washington, D.C.].
Trikosko, Marion S., photographer; January 20, 1977..
Prints and Photographs Division.
Peanut-shaped float passes by reviewing stand for the inauguration of Jimmy Carter
[Peanut-shaped float passes by reviewing stand for the inauguration of Jimmy Carter to President, Washington, D.C.].
Trikosko, Marion S., photographer; January 20, 1977.
Prints and Photographs Division.
Jimmy Carter with Rosalynn and Amy Carter on Inauguration Day
[President-elect Jimmy Carter with Rosalynn and Amy Carter on Inauguration Day].
O'Halloran, Thomas J., photographer;
January 20, 1977.
Prints and Photographs Division.

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* This information is based on a compilation by the Office of the Curator, Architect of the Capitol, Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, from contemporary accounts and other sources. Additional research provided by Library of Congress staff.

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