In this special presentation are more than forty items including photographs, manuscripts, campaign posters, letters, broadsides, and inaugural speeches. This unique selection of items offers a glimpse into the history of American presidential inaugurations. Eighteen presidents are featured in the display - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, William Harrison, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.
Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) was the second president to have his inaugural ball at the Pension Building, now the National Building Museum, which provided the architectural backdrop needed for elaborate decorations.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hutter wrote to congratulate President Benjamin Harrison on his inaugural address, calling it a "magnificent production." She also mentioned the personal friendship her husband shared with President William Henry Harrison: "When your grandfather was inaugurated in 1840, Mr. Hutter, my husband, was present, and stood by his side on the platform.
Benjamin Harrison delivered his inaugural address and reviewed the inaugural parade in the pouring rain. There were an estimated 20,000 spectators standing on the Capitol Plaza with their umbrellas buffering the rain. In his inaugural address, Harrison informed his listeners that the oath of office he had just taken as president of the United States was not required by law.
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A sailor on board the Pinta sighted land early in the morning of October 12, 1492, and a new era of European exploration and expansion began. The 400th anniversary of the event inspired the first official Columbus Day holiday in the United States. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation urging Americans to mark the day.
On November 11, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison declared Washington the forty-second state in the Union. Less than fifty years after pioneers began entering the Pacific Northwest via the Oregon Trail, the United States borders extended from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans.