Manuscript/Mixed Material Diary Entry of Fred W. Carpenter, March 4, 1909.

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Title
Diary Entry of Fred W. Carpenter, March 4, 1909.
Contributor Names
Carpenter, Fred W., 1873 or 1874-1957 (Author)
Created / Published
March 4, 1909
Subject Headings
-  Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
-  Diary entry
Genre
Diary entry.
Notes
-  Forms part of William H. Taft papers, 1784-1973; for additional information, see: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms009245
-  Fred W. Carpenter, secretary to President Taft 1906-1909, recounts events surrounding Taft's inauguration. He describes the day as being so "disagreeable" that the Senate passed a resolution to allow Taft to take the oath of office and read his inaugural address in the Senate chamber. However, Carpenter states that Pennsylvania Avenue had been swept clear of snow for the parade. The ball and supper are briefly mentioned. He also states that Mr. and Mrs. Taft spent the previous night, March 3, at the White House with President Theodore Roosevelt and his wife and that, after the oath was administered to Taft in the Senate Chamber, Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt went directly to the station and took the train to New York. Then, Mrs. Taft accompanied President Taft in a carriage from the Capitol to the White House, the first first lady to do so. Finally, he states that Mrs. Taft replaced the White House ushers with footmen and that motorcars were ordered for the White House stables instead of the carriages previously used.
-  Diary Entry of Fred W. Carpenter, March 4, 1909.
-  Original document scanned in 1999-2000 for the former American Memory presentation “I Do Solemnly Swear”: Presidential Inaugurations (retired 2016).
Source Collection
William H. Taft papers, 1784-1973
Repository
Manuscript Division
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Chicago citation style:

Carpenter, Fred W., 1873 Or. Diary Entry of Fred W. Carpenter, March 4, 1909. March 4, 1909. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/pin3602/. (Accessed October 23, 2017.)

APA citation style:

Carpenter, F. W. (1909) Diary Entry of Fred W. Carpenter, March 4, 1909. March 4. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/pin3602/.

MLA citation style:

Carpenter, Fred W., 1873 Or. Diary Entry of Fred W. Carpenter, March 4, 1909. March 4, 1909. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/pin3602/>.