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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: James Knox Polk

James K. Polk, President of the United States
James K. Polk, President of the United States / From life on stone by Ch. Fenderich 1845.
Charles Fenderich, lithographer; 1845.
Prints and Photographs Division.

Inauguration - March 4, 1845

Facts*

  • First Inauguration covered by telegraph.
  • First known Inauguration featured in a newspaper illustration; illustration appeared in the Illustrated London News.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrangements for Inauguration, February 26, 1845
[Arrangements for Inauguration].
February 26, 1845.
James K. Polk papers, 1775-1891.
Manuscript Division.

Senate Journal, Volume 36, Appendix, Page 271-83
Senate Journal, Volume 36, Appendix, Page 271-83.
March 4, 1845.
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873.
The Law Library of Congress.

Inauguration of President Polk - The Oath
Inauguration of President Polk - The Oath.
1845.
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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