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Innaguration Day

Answer Key

1. Who gave the shortest and longest Inauguration Day Speeches? Shortest: George Washington. Longest: William Henry Harrison.

2. Inauguration Day is always held on January 20, unless it falls on what day of the week? Sunday.

3. Who usually gives the oath of office? The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

4. What is interesting about Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inaugurations?
He was the last president to be inaugurated on March 4, 1933 (the old Inauguration Day) and the first president to be inaugurated on January 20, 1937 (the new Inauguration Day).

5. Explain why Inauguration Day used to be held on March 4.
Because news was carried by messengers on horses, and there needed to be a greater length of time between Election Day and Inauguration Day so that all the votes could be tallied and reported.


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