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The American Inauguration: Retrospective Photography

The inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States will be the fifty-fifth in the nation’s history. Over the centuries, the presidential inauguration has become an increasingly important event, followed internationally.

We show you through the photographs the settlement celebrations beginning in the nineteenth century.

From the construction of the Capitol dome to recent history, this is a powerful testament to changing times.

Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln in 1861 for his first term as president

Abraham Lincoln is in the center of the Capitol stairs as it opens. The upper right scaffold is used to construct the domeAP / 1861 AP

Inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 for his second term in office

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Inauguration of President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905AP

Preparations for the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt in 1940 for his third term

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Associated Press photographer Joseph Caneva holds a 60-inch camera at the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidential inauguration in Washington. 01/20/1940AP

Inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 for a second term

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The crowd attending the presidential opening of Dwight de Eisenhower, the 33rd President of the United States, in Washington. 01/21/1957France Press agency
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President Dwight D. Eisenhower attends the inaugural parade in front of the White House in Washington. 01/21/1957AP
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Vice President Richard Nixon laughs as a stray dog ​​participates in the opening parade and walks by the White House in Washington, 01/21/1957AP

John F. Kennedy inauguration in 1961

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President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural speech after being sworn in at the Washington Capitol. 01/20/1961AP
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Jacqueline Kennedy and her husband at the Capitol, moments after his appointment as president. 01/20/1961HENRY BOROUGH / 1961 AP

The inauguration of Richard Nixon in 1969 and 1973

Washington, DC, January 20, 1969 / AP
Intelligence and Security Forces check a hatch along the Pennsylvania Avenue Parade before the Nixon Grand Opening. 01/20/1969Washington, DC, January 20, 1969 / AP
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President Nixon is sworn in for a second term in Washington. Flag at half mast in honor of late President Harry S Truman. 01/20/1973AP
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President Nixon paid tribute, after delivering his inaugural speech, during his second inauguration at the Capitol. 01/20/1973AP

Jimmy Carter inauguration in 1977

January 19, 1977 / AP
Jimmy Carter shakes hands with his supporters, who have flocked to the inauguration in Washington. 01/19/1977.January 19, 1977 / AP
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President Jimmy Carter walks with First Lady Rosalynn and her daughter Amy during the inaugural parade. 01/20/1977AP

Inauguration of Ronald Reagan in 1981 for his first term as president

January 20, 1981. AP
President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy greet attendees at the Capitol after the swearing-in ceremony. 01/20/1981.January 20, 1981. AP
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President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy salute from their limousine during the inaugural show in Washington. 01/20/1981AP

Inauguration of George HW Bush in 1989

Jan 20, 1989. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE / 1981 AP
Former President Ronald Reagan, his wife Nancy, the new first lady Barbara Bush and her husband, President George W. Bush, descend on the steps of the Capitol Building. 01/20/1989Jan 20, 1989. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE / 1981 AP
Washington, DC January 21, 1989. J. Scott Applewhite / AP
George H.W.Bush watches Lee Atwater, chairman of the Republican National Committee, as he plays with a band during the post inauguration. 01/21/1989Washington, DC January 21, 1989. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993 and 1997

January 20, 1993. Amy Sancetta / AP
President Clinton embraces his daughter, Chelsea, and wife, Hillary, after taking the oath on the West Stairs of the Capitol Building. 01/20/1993January 20, 1993. Amy Sancetta / AP
January 17, 1993. Stephen R. Brown / AP
Fireworks marking the end of the first day of the celebration of Bill Clinton’s 42nd inauguration.January 17, 1993. Stephen R. Brown / AP
Washington, DC, USA.  Jan 20, 1993 Mark Lenihan / AP
Members of the northern Cheyenne tribe in Montana sing as President Clinton’s motorcade passes Pennsylvania Avenue. 01/20/1993Washington, DC, USA. Jan 20, 1993 Mark Lenihan / AP
20 January 1997. Timothy A. Clary / AFP
Bill Clinton is sworn in on Capitol Hill for his second term, with First Lady Hillary and daughter Chelsea at his side. 01/20/19970/0120 January 1997. Timothy A. Clary / AFP

Inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001 and 2005

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People stand in the rain in front of the Capitol during George W. Bush’s inauguration. 01/20/2001Don Emert / Agence France-Presse
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George W. Bush and Laura Bush dance at the National Building Museum in Washington after being sworn in for their second term. 01/20/2005Paul Richards / Agence France-Presse

Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 for his first term

January 20, 2009. Mark Ralston / AFP
Hody Barack Obama after Obama took office. 20/01/2009January 20, 2009. Mark Ralston / AFP
Washington, DC January 20, 2009. Mark Ralston / AFP
A group of students wait in the crowd at the National Mall before the inauguration of President Barack Obama. 20/01/2009Washington, DC January 20, 2009. Mark Ralston / AFP
Washington, DC January 20, 2009. Jim Watson / AFP
Vice President Joe Biden, wife Jill, first lady Michelle Obama, and President Barack Obama are on the steps of the Capitol Building after the inauguration. 20/01/2009Washington, DC January 20, 2009. Jim Watson / AFP

2016 Donald Trump inauguration

Caroline Custer / AP Photo
Tent Mormon Choir members await President Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony. 20/01/2017Caroline Custer / AP Photo
January 20, 2017. Jim Bourg / AP
President Donald Trump takes the oath with his wife Melania and children. 20/01/2017January 20, 2017. Jim Bourg / AP
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