Inauguration of Warren G. Harding
|Date||March 4, 1921|
|Participants||President of the United States, Warren Harding
States, Edward Douglass White
The inauguration of Warren G. Harding as the 29th President of the United States was held on March 4, 1921. The inauguration marked the commencement of Warren G. Harding's only term as President and of Calvin Coolidge's only term as Vice President. Harding died 2 years, 151 days into this term, and Coolidge succeeded to the presidency.
Coolidge was sworn in as Vice President in the Senate Chamber and on the east portico of the Capitol, respectively, which he believed ruined "all semblance of unity and continuity." Critic H. L. Menken described Harding's inaugural address, writing, "It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash. But I grow lyrical."
The 1921 Committee of Inaugural Ceremonies consisted of:
- Sen. Philander C. Knox (R-PA)—Chairman
- Sen. Knute Nelson (R-MN)
- Sen. Lee Slater Overman (D-NC)
- Rep. Joseph Gurney Cannon (R-IL)
- Rep. Charles F. Reavis (R-NE)
- Rep. Charles Manly Stedman (D-NC)—Replaced Rep. William W. Rucker (D-MO) who resigned from the Joint Committee.
The 1921 inauguration was the first in which an automobile was used to transport the president-elect and the outgoing president (Woodrow Wilson) to and from the Capitol. The event was also attended by Bernice Madigan, a Massachusetts resident who would live to become one of the oldest people in the world in 2014.
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