I know that a lot of people are avoiding the results of the election like the plague. I on the other hand see this time of our lives as a learning opportunity. With the inauguration coming up next Friday here are five facts about inaugurations that will impress your friends:
1) Who was the first President inaugurated on January 20th?
The first President inaugurated on January 20 was Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937. The 20th amendment to the Constitution, ratified in January 1933, changed the inaugural date.
2) Who was the youngest President-elect at the time of his inauguration?
At 43 years, 236 days, John F. Kennedy was the youngest President-elect. Teddy Roosevelt was 42 years, 322 days old when he was sworn in following the death of President McKinley.
3) Where is the oath of office found in the Constitution?
The oath of office is found in Article II, section 1, clause 8 of the Constitution, which reads:
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: – – “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Washington’s InauguralGeorge Washington’s first inauguration took place at Federal Hall in New York City, where the first Congress was assembled. [National Archives, Still Pictures Branch, 148-CCD-92C]
The Presidential Oath of Office was set down in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers during the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The oath originally proposed was much shorter, requiring the President-elect to swear only to “faithfully execute the office of President of the United States.” James Madison, a delegate to the Convention from Virginia, believed that the Chief Executive should be bound by oath to support the articles of the Union—the very document the Convention was struggling to create. Along with George Mason, another Virginia delegate, Madison proposed that the President also be made to swear to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Midway through the Convention, a printed draft of the Constitution as it existed to that point was issued to each delegate. Delegates used them as working documents, filling the margins and other spaces with the changes continually being debated by the Convention. The copy shown here belonged to George Washington, President of the Convention. In article X of this draft, the changes Madison and Mason proposed for the oath of office are seen in the hand of the first person to utter those solemn, enduring words.
4) Following whose inauguration was the first inaugural ball in Washington, DC, held?
The first inaugural ball was held in 1809 following the inauguration of James Madison.
5) When was the first televised inauguration?
In 1949, the inauguration of President Harry S Truman and Vice President Alben W. Barkley was the first to be televised.
All answers are from: https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/inaugural-quiz