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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: Harry S. Truman

Harry Truman, half-length portrait, facing front
[Harry Truman, half-length portrait,
facing front]
Edmonston Studio, copyright;
cJune 27, 1945.
Prints and Photographs Division.

Oath of Office - April 12, 1945 | Second Inauguration - January 20, 1949

Oath of Office - April 12, 1945


  • Truman took the oath of office just two hours after he received word of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's death, which was caused by cerebral stroke.










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Second Inauguration - January 20, 1949


  • First televised Inaugural ceremony.
  • Truman reinstated the Inaugural Ball.
Inauguration of Harry S. Truman, 1949
Inauguration of Harry S. Truman, 1949.
Architect of the Capitol; 1949.
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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