From Reagan to Biden: Documents Showing the History of Inaugurations

January 14, 2021

Every four years, Inauguration Day has served as a symbol of the country’s commitment to democracy and a smooth transfer of power. Since George Washington was inaugurated in 1789, the list of traditions surrounding this monumental day has grown. This year, President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in on the West Front Terrace of the Capitol, a tradition started 30 years ago by President Ronald Reagan.

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