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
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)
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(Newser) – 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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