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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: William Howard Taft

[William Howard Taft, head-and-shoulders portrait
[William Howard Taft, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left].
George Prince, copyright; c1907.
Prints and Photographs Division.

Inauguration - March 4, 1909

Facts*

  • Inauguration took place in the Senate chamber because of blizzard. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles, trains were stalled and city streets unpassable. City workers shoveled sand and snow through half the night. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route.
  • Helen Herron Taft became the first First Lady to accompany her husband on the return ride from the Capitol to the White House following his Inauguration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Taft bowing to crowd
President Taft bowing to crowd.
c1909.
Prints and Photographs Division.
President and Mrs. Taft leaving the Capitol to head the parade to the White House [March 4, 1909
President and Mrs. Taft leaving the Capitol to head the parade to the White House [March 4, 1909].
Keystone View Company; c1909.
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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