Test your knowledge of the history of Presidential Inaugurals.  Scroll to the end of the post for the answers.

1. Who gave the shortest inaugural address?

2. Who gave the longest inaugural address?

3. Which President affirmed rather than swore the oath of office?

4. Which inauguration was the first known to have been photographed?

5. Which inauguration was the first recorded by motion picture cameras?

6. Which inauguration was the first to be televised?

7. Who was the first poet to participate in the inaugural ceremony and at which inauguration?

8. Which inauguration was the first nationally broadcast by radio?

9. Who was the first President to ride to and from the inaugural ceremony in an automobile?

10. Which President died one month after taking the oath of office?

11. Which inaugural ceremony had to be moved from the West Front inside to the Rotunda due to inclement weather?

12. For which inauguration were Army flamethrowers used to clear snow from Pennsylvania Avenue?

13. Which inauguration did Apache Chief Geronimo attend?

14. Which Chief Justice swore in father and son Presidents?

15. Which President was sworn in on an airplane by a woman judge?

16. Which inauguration took place on the South Portico of the White House?

17. Which President took the oath of office on a Sunday that was also “Super Bowl Sunday”?

18. Which inauguration was the first time a President’s mother was in attendance?

19. Since there is no firsthand report of George Washington saying “So help me God,” what was the first reported inauguration at which the President added “So help me God” at the end of the oath?

20. Which Chief Justice administered the Presidential oath of office the most times?


1. George Washington, 1793

2. William Henry Harrison, 1841

3. Franklin Pierce, 1853

4. James Buchanan, 1857

5. William McKinley, 1897

6. Harry Truman, 1949

7. Robert Frost for John F. Kennedy, 1961

8. Calvin Coolidge, 1925

9. Warren G. Harding, 1921

10. William Henry Harrison, 1841

11. Ronald Reagan, 1985

12. John F. Kennedy, 1961

13. Theodore Roosevelt, 1905

14. William Rehnquist swore in George H. Bush and George W. Bush

15. Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One by U.S. District Judge Sarah T. Hughes, 1963

16. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945

17. Ronald Reagan took the oath at the White House on Sunday, Jan. 20, 1985 and then publicly at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 21

18. James A. Garfield, 1881

19. Chester Arthur, 1881

20, John Marshall, 9 times from 1801 to 1833