21 Jan

Lost Capitol Hill: 100 years ago

tnWell, really 99 years, 10 months and 14 days ago. March 4, 1913, the day that Woodrow Wilson was sworn in as President, replacing our fattest president, William Howard Taft. It was a day filled with bunting. It was a day filled with speeches. It was a day without an inaugural ball, which Wilson felt was ‘inappropriate.’ You weren’t there. But many cameras were. Not as many as will be on the Mall today, but they did what they could. And so, without further ado, and with thanks, as always, to the Library of Congress, some pictures of that inauguration.

The scene on the East Front of the Capitol.

The scene on the East Front of the Capitol.

Outgoing and incoming presidents in their horse-drawn carriage.

Outgoing and incoming presidents in their horse-drawn carriage.

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] The Presidents on the East Front of the Capitol

Wilson takes the oath of office

Wilson takes the oath of office

 

Wilson delivers his inaugural address.

Wilson delivers his inaugural address.