March 4: Presidential Inauguration Day?
We think of Inauguration Day as January 20th nowadays, but until the ratification of the Twentieth Amendment in 1933, presidential terms began on March 4 (or March 5 if the fourth fell on a Sunday). Listen to our audio renditions of the inaugural speeches of Presidents Jefferson and Lincoln.
March 4: Inauguration Day?
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Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
“With malice toward none, with charity for all….” Lincoln’s second inaugural address was given March 4, 1865 near the end of the Civil War. In this sombre speech, the President pondered God’s will and tried to set the stage for Reconstruction and a lasting peace. Read by Rick Kistner for Lit2Go. Duration: 5 minutes, 52 seconds.