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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson portrait
[Woodrow Wilson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front].
Prints and Photographs Division.

First Inauguration - March 4, 1913 | Second Inauguration - March 5, 1917

First Inauguration - March 4, 1913


  • Inaugural ball was suspended for the first time since 1853. Wilson requested that the ball be cancelled because he found it inappropriate for the solemn occasion.










Wilson and Taft arrive at Capitol
Wilson and Taft arrive at Capitol.
George Bain Collection.
Prints and Photographs Division.

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Second Inauguration - March 5, 1917

  • First President to take the oath of office on Sunday. March 4, 1917 fell on a Sunday, so Wilson was sworn in privately on that day in the President's Room in the U.S. Capitol by Chief Justice Edward D. White. His public inauguration was held on Monday, March 5.
  • Edith Bolling Galt Wilson was the first First Lady to accompany the President both to and from the Capitol.
  • First time women participated in the Inaugural parade.

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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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