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Four Presidential Inaugurations

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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Second Inaugural: January 20, 1937

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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

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

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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

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

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Third Inaugural: January 20, 1941

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

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1941 Inaugural Penant 1941 inaugural penant. FDR Library Museum Collection, MO 2004.14.4

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

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Franklin and Eleanor 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

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

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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

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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

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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