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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, portrait
[President Abraham Lincoln, portrait, seated and facing front].
Brady National Photographic Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.), photographer; [Jan. 8, 1864, printed later, 1909].
Prints and Photographs Division.

First Inauguration - March 4, 1861 | Second Inauguration - March 4, 1865

First Inauguration - March 4, 1861

Facts*

  • Lincoln's procession to the Capitol was surrounded by heavily armed cavalry and infantry, providing an unprecedented amount of protection for the President-elect as the nation stood on the brink of war.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diary Entry of Edward Bates, February 26, 1861
Diary Entry of Edward Bates, February 26, 1861.
February 26, 1861.
Edward Bates papers, 1818-1904.
Manuscript Division.

Arrangements for the inauguration
Arrangements for the inauguration of the president of the United States on the Fourth of March, 1861 ... Committee of arrangements. Washington, 1861.
1861.
American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera.
Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861
Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861, printed with Lincoln's emendations.
March 4, 1861.
Abraham Lincoln papers, 1774-1948.
Manuscript Division.

Inaugural Bible used for Lincoln's first inauguration
Inaugural Bible used for Lincoln's first inauguration.
March 4, 1861.
Gift of Mrs. Robert Todd Lincoln.
Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

The inaugural procession at Washington passing the gate of the Capitol grounds
The inaugural procession at Washington passing the gate of the Capitol grounds - from a sketch by our special artist.
1861.
Prints and Photographs Division.

Inauguration of Mr. Lincoln, March 4, 1861
Inauguration of Mr. Lincoln, March 4, 1861.
Benjamin Brown French album; [1861].
Prints and Photographs Division.

 

Letter from H. D. Faulkner to Abraham Lincoln, March 5, 1861
Letter from H. D. Faulkner to Abraham Lincoln, March 5, 1861.
March 5, 1861.
Abraham Lincoln Papers.
Manuscript Division.

Dance card for Lincoln's inaugural ball, 1861
Dance card for Lincoln's inaugural ball, 1861.
Philp & Solomons, Booksellers, Washington, D. C., March 4, 1861.
The Alfred Stern Collection of Lincolniana.
Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

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Second Inauguration - March 4, 1865

Facts*

  • First time that African-Americans participated in the inaugural parade.

 

Letter from Abraham Lincoln to his Cabinet Members, August 23, 1864
Letter from Abraham Lincoln to his
Cabinet Members, August 23, 1864
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August 23, 1864.
Abraham Lincoln Papers.
Manuscript Division.

Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865, in Lincoln's hand
Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865, in Lincoln's hand.
March 4, 1865.
Abraham Lincoln Papers.
Manuscript Division.

An Inaugural Poem, March 4, 1865
An Inaugural Poem, March 4, 1865.
March 4, 1865.
Abraham Lincoln Papers.
Manuscript Division.

Lincoln taking the oath at his second inauguration
Lincoln taking the oath at his second inauguration.
March 4, 1865.
Prints and Photographs Division.

Lincoln's second inaugural
Lincoln's second inaugural.
Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882, photographer;
[between 1910 and 1920, from a photograph taken in 1865].
Prints and Photographs Division.

Crowd at Lincoln's second inauguration
Crowd at Lincoln's second inauguration.
March 4, 1865.
Lincoln's photographs: A Complete Album by Lloyd Ostendorf, 1998; [1865].
Prints and Photographs Division.

Abraham Lincoln's last reception
Abraham Lincoln's last reception / Hohenstein.
Anton Hohenstein, artist. Philadelphia, John Smith; 1865.
Prints and Photographs.

Letter from Benjamin Brown French to his son, Francis O. French, April 24, 1865
Letter from Benjamin Brown French to his son, Francis O. French, April 24, 1865.
April 24, 1865.
Benjamin B. French family papers, 1778-1940.
Manuscript Division.

Bill of fare of the Presidential inauguration ball
Bill of fare of the Presidential inauguration ball.
G. A. Balzer, Washington, D. C., March 6, 1865.
The Alfred Stern Collection of Lincolniana.
Rare Book and Special Collections 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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