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As an immigrant to this great country, and bearing witness to a democratic system of transition, from president to president, and despite the recent electoral drama, I feel proud to be able to witness another presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. This is the true spirit of America, selecting our leaders, working together, and despite our difference of opinions, conceding to come together. Will we continue to unite, heal, and rise above states of separation and divisions? Entering 2021 after an unsettling and stormy 2020, there is anticipation as we come together under a new leadership with President-Elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, the first female vice president-elect of the United States.

Shazia Z. - Burlington County Library

Here are some facts about the history of presidential inaugurations:

  • Did you know that the constitutional guidelines for inaugurations, other than the date and words of the oath, are mostly driven by tradition and not rules?
  • George Washington took the oath of office in our nation’s first capital, New York City, on April 30, 1789.
  • In 1801, Thomas Jefferson was the first to be sworn as president in Washington, D.C., the location chosen as the nation’s permanent capital.
  • Presidents have celebrated in different ways over the years; inaugural events have included parades, entertainment and receptions balls.
  • Abraham Lincoln was the first president in 1865 to invite African Americans to become parade participants at his inauguration.
  • In 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. president sworn into office on the current date of Jan. 20.

Check out the many books and films the library has on our previous and newly-elected presidents and vice presidents.

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