Timelines
Terms and Succession

  • 1789
    Continental Congress Sets Start Of New Government
    Washington Gives Nation's First Inaugural Address

  • 1792
    Congress Establishes First Law Of Presidential Succession

  • 1793
    Washington Gives 135-Word Inaugural Address

  • 1797
    Vice President John Adams Becomes President

  • 1801
    Electoral Tie Leads To 30 Hours Of Debate
    Marbury v. Madison Establishes Judicial Review

  • 1805
    Jefferson Starts Tradition Of Inaugural Parade

  • 1809
    Madison Inaugurated in Hall of the House of Representatives

  • 1817
    Monroe Speaks Of Foreign Policy At Inauguration

  • 1829
    Andrew Jackson Invites Public To Inauguration

  • 1837
    Van Buren's Inauguration Sees A Number Of Firsts

  • 1841
    Tyler Becomes President After Harrison's Death

  • 1849
    Atchinson May Have Been President For A Day

  • 1850
    Fillmore Is Sworn In After Taylor Dies

  • 1861
    Lincoln Appeals For Preservation Of Union

  • 1865
    Johnson Administered Oath Of Office After Lincoln Shot
    Lincoln Receives Peace Offer While Writing Second Inaugural Address

  • 1881
    Arthur Sworn In After Garfield Assassinated

  • 1886
    Congress Changes Order Of Succession To Presidency

  • 1905
    Theodore Roosevelt Inaugurated

  • 1909
    Taft Rides With His Wife In Car In Inaugural Parade

  • 1917
    Wilson Is Sworn In On A Sunday

  • 1921
    Harding Travels To D.C. In Car For His Inauguration

  • 1925
    Ex-President Administers Oath Of Office To Coolidge

  • 1932
    Twentieth Amendment Sent To State Legislatures

  • 1933
    Franklin Roosevelt Inaugurated For First Of Four Terms

  • 1937
    First Use Of 20th Amendment Shortens Terms

  • 1945
    Truman Inaugurated After Roosevelt Dies

  • 1948
    Congress Passes New Presidential Succession Act

  • 1949
    Truman’s Inauguration On TV

  • 1957
    Inauguration Day Becomes Legal Holiday In D.C.

  • 1961
    Kennedy Gives Stirring Inaugural Address

  • 1963
    Johnson Becomes President When Kennedy Is Assassinated

  • 1974
    Ford Takes Oath Of Office After Nixon Resigns

  • 1977
    Carter Shuns “Imperial Presidency”

  • 1981
    Iran Releases U.S. Hostages On Reagan’s Inaugural Day

  • 1989
    George H.W. Bush Opens White House On Inauguration Day

  • 1993
    Clinton Is Inaugurated

  • 1998
    20th Amendment Raised In Impeachment Proceedings

  • 2001
    Bush Takes Office On Time After Contested Election