10 Obscure Inauguration Tidbits

Which president was forgotten at his successor's ceremony?
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2009 12:48 PM CST
10 Obscure Inauguration Tidbits
In this March 4, 1905 file photo, President-elect Theodore Roosevelt takes the oath of office on the east portico of the US Capitol during his inauguration ceremony in Washington.   (AP Photo)

Ahead of Tuesday’s inauguration, the Chicago Tribune compiles a list of the 10 best little known facts about ceremonies past.

  • George Washington had to borrow money to attend his own inauguration.
  • No, William Henry Harrison’s long-winded, “fatal” speech on a chilly morning in 1841 didn’t kill him, but his failure to wear a hat and overcoat probably didn’t help the pneumonia.

  • Officials forgot to pick up outgoing prez Franklin Pierce for James Buchanan’s inauguration.
  • Frosty temps during Ulysses Grant’s ceremony caused the food to freeze, violin strings to snap, and the death of 100 canaries.
  • Jackie Kennedy covered Dwight Eisenhower’s parade as the “Inquiring Camera Girl” for a DC paper.
  • Robert Frost dedicated his poem to “the president-elect, Mr John Finley,” er, Kennedy.
For the rest of the list, click the link below.
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