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Historical Information

Washington, DC is rich with inaugural history since the ceremony began here in 1801 and is proud to host this peaceful transition of power.   

Quick Facts

  • On April 30, 1789, the first president, George Washington, took the oath of office in New York City.
  • Since Thomas Jefferson took his oath of office here in 1801, only four presidents have taken their oath outside of Washington, DC.
  • In 1981, the inaugural stand was set up on the traditional West Front of the Capitol.
  • Additional inauguration history is available from several federal partners including: