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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan portrait
[Ronald Reagan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front].
1981.
Prints and Photographs Division.

First Inauguration - January 20, 1981 | Second Inauguration - January 21, 1985

First Inauguration - January 20, 1981

Facts*

  • First Inauguration held on the west front of the U.S. Capitol.
  • Reagan's first Inauguration was also the warmest on record with a noon temperature of 55.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald Reagan delivering his inaugural address
[President Ronald Reagan delivering his inaugural address on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1981].
Architect of the Capitol; January 20, 1981.
Prints and Photographs Division.
President Reagan's inaugural luncheon
[President Reagan's inaugural luncheon in the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1981].
Architect of the Capitol; January 20, 1981.
Prints and Photographs Division.

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Second Inauguration - January 21, 1985

Facts*

  • Coldest Inauguration day on record, with a noon temperature of 7°F.
  • January 20th fell on Sunday, so Reagan was privately sworn in that day at the White House; public Inauguration on January 21st took place in the Capitol Rotunda, due to freezing weather.

 

Reagan speaking at his inaugural luncheon
[President Reagan speaking at his inaugural luncheon in the U.S. Capitol, January 21, 1985].
Architect of the Capitol; January 21, 1985.
Prints and Photographs Division.
The Inaugural Ceremonies January 21,1985
[Souvenirs of President Reagan's second inauguration].
January 21,1985.
Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
Inaugural Luncheon Program
[Souvenirs of President Reagan's second inauguration].
January 21,1985.
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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