This page contains primary source materials related to presidential inaugurations from 1969 to 1997. Select a link below to jump directly to a description of that president's inauguration along with related digitized materials from the Library's collections.
The thirty-seventh president of the United States, Richard Nixon was elected president in 1968 and 1972. On August 8, 1974, Nixon resigned from office due to the Watergate scandal.
The thirty-eighth president of the United States (1974-77), Gerald Ford assumed the presidency upon the resignation of Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974.
The thirty-ninth president of the United States, Jimmy Carter served one term as president (1977-81).
The fortieth president of the United States, Ronald Reagan served two terms as president (1981-89).
The forty-first president of the United States, George H.W. Bush served one term as president (1989-93).
The forty-second president of the United States, Bill Clinton served two terms as president (1993-2001).
*Please note: This information is based on a compilation by the Office of the Curator, Architect of the Capitol, Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, from contemporary accounts and other sources. Additional research provided by Library of Congress staff.