Inauguration Firsts

The presidential firsts related to the inauguration of the President of the United States.

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 PresidentNote
First president to skip the inauguration of their successorJohn Adams
First president to have been inaugurated wearing long trousers instead of knee breechesJohn Quincy Adams
First president inaugurated on January 20thFranklin D. Roosevelt

Inaugural Address
First President to deliver an Inaugural AddressGeorge Washington
First president to deliver an Inaugural Address of over 5,000 wordsWilliam Henry Harrison
First president to deliver his Inaugural Address from memoryFranklin Pierce

Location
First president inaugurated in New York CityGeorge Washington
First president inaugurated in PhiladelphiaGeorge Washington
First president inaugurated in Washington, D.C.Thomas Jefferson
First president to take the oath of office in his own homeChester A. Arthur
First president inaugurated on an airplaneLyndon B. Johnson

Oath Administrator
First president to receive the oath of office from the Chief Justice of the Supreme CourtJohn Adams
First president to receive the oath of office from a parentCalvin Coolidge
First president to receive the oath of office from a former presidentCalvin CoolidgeWilliam H. Taft
First president sworn in by a womanLyndon B. Johnson

Communicated
First president to deliver his Inaugural Address over an amplification systemWarren G. Harding
First president to have a nationally televised inaugurationHarry S. Truman
First president to have inauguration streaming over the InternetBill Clinton

Inaugural Events
First president to have an inaugural paradeThomas JeffersonSecond inauguration
First president to have an inaugural ballJames Madison
First president to have an inaugural poetJohn F. KennedyRobert Frost

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