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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front
[Dwight D. Eisenhower, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front].
[Between 1950 and 1960].
Prints and Photographs Division.

First Inauguration - January 20, 1953 | Second Inauguration - January 21, 1957

First Inauguration - January 20, 1953


  • First time the JCCIC hosted the Inaugural luncheon at the Capitol.
  • Broke precedent by reciting his own prayer after taking the oath, rather than kissing the Bible.










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Second Inauguration - January 21, 1957


  • January 20, 1957 fell on a Sunday, so Eisenhower was sworn in privately that day by Chief Justice Earl Warren in the White House East Room. His public Inauguration was held on Monday, January 21, 1957.
Ike waves to parade crowds
Ike waves to parade crowds.
Associated Press photograph; January 21, 1957.
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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