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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Jefferson's First Inaugural Address

Audio rendition of President Jefferson’s first inaugural address in Washington, D.C., March 4, 1801. Read by Rick Kistner for Lit2Go. Duration: 10 minutes, 37 seconds.

Jefferson's Second Inaugural Address

Audio rendition of President Jefferson’s second inaugural address in Washington, D.C., March 4, 1805. Read by Rick Kistner for Lit2Go. Duration: 13 minutes, 36 seconds.

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.

Civil War Illustrations

The ClipArt ETC website includes over 900 illustrations of the Civil War that was just ending at the time of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.

Lincoln Memorial

View a gallery of photographs of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., from the ClipPix ETC website.

Jefferson Memorial

View a gallery of photographs of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., from the ClipPix ETC website.

Abraham Lincoln Portrait

One of several portraits of Abraham Lincoln from the ClipArt ETC website.

Lincoln Penny

This illustration is one of nearly 400 images of U.S. currency from the ClipArt ETC website.

Thomas Jefferson Portrait

One of many several portraits of Thomas Jefferson from the ClipArt ETC website.

Jefferson Nickel

This illustration is one of nearly 400 images of U.S. currency from the ClipArt ETC website.