Four Presidential Inaugurations

Four Presidential Inaugurations

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only American President elected and inaugurated four times. Below is a gallery of historical inauguration materials housed at the FDR Presidential Library & Museum. 

First Inaugural: March 4, 1933

Reading copy of the 1933 Inaugural Address

Reading copy of President Roosevelt's first inaugural address, delivered March 4, 1933. 
FDR's Papers as President, Master Speech File 

Excerpts from President Roosevelt's first inaugural address, March 4, 1933.
7 mins. (256ft), sound, b & w, 16mm.
Public domain archival footage from the FDR Presidential Library

 Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt ride together to the 1933 Inauguration

President-Elect FDR rides with President Hoover to the inaugural ceremonies. March 4, 1933.
FDR Library Photograph Collection, NPx 48-49(330)

 Eyeglasses worn by FDR during first inauguration

FDR wore these distinctive pince-nez spectacles on Inauguration Day in 1933. A small plaque was later affixed to the case for the spectacles to indicate they were used on March 4, 1933.
FDR Library Museum Collection, LHM 2010.5a-c  

Second Inaugural: January 20, 1937

Reading copy of the 1937 Inaugural Address

Reading copy of President Roosevelt's second inaugural address, delivered January 20, 1937. 
FDR's Papers as President, Master Speech File

1937 Inaugural Ticket

 

Ticket for the 1937 iauguration, the first to take place on January 20th.   
FDR's Papers as President, President's Official File 

 Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt in her 1937 inaugural gown

Eleanor Roosevelt poses in her inaugural gown at the White House. January, 1937.
FDR Library Photograph Collection, NPx 63-129a

1937 Commemorative Button

1937 inaugural commemorative button.
FDR Library Museum Collection, MO 1975.175.4

Third Inaugural: January 20, 1941

Reading copy of the 1941 Inaugural Address

Reading copy of President Roosevelt's third inaugural address, delivered January 20, 1941.
FDR's Papers as President, Master Speech File 

1941 Inaugural program cover

Cover of the official 1941 inaugural program. 
FDR's Papers as President, President's Official File

 1941 Inaugural parade flag

1941 inaugural penant.
FDR Library Museum Collection, MO 2004.14.4

 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt at the 1941 inauguration

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt riding in an open car, returning to the White House from FDR's third inauguration. January 20, 1941.
FDR Library Photograph Collection, NPx 58-384

Fourth Inaugural: January 20, 1945

Reading copy of the 1945 Inaugural Address

Reading copy of President Roosevelt's fourth inaugural address, delivered January 20, 1945. 
FDR's Papers as President, Master Speech File 

FDR's Inaugural Bible

Roosevelt used this 1686 Dutch family Bible to take the oath of office for all four of his terms as President of the United States. Earlier, he had used it when he was sworn in as Governor of New York in 1929 and 1931.
FDR Library Museum Collection, MO 1942.99.3

 FDR takes his fourth oath of office from the White House

FDR delivers his fourth inaugural address from the balcony at the White House. January 20, 1945.
FDR Library Photograph Collection, NPx 63-128

 Admission ticket for the 1945 White House inauguration

Pass for admission to the White House grounds for Roosevelt's fourth inauguration. January 20, 1945.
Records of the Office of White House Social Entertainments

 
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