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Inauguration of Warren G. Harding

Historical event
NamePresidential Inauguration of Warren Harding
ParticipantsPresident of the United States, Warren Harding
Assuming office
Chief Justice of the United
, Edward Douglass White
Administering oath
United States Congress Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
LocationWashington, D.C.
U.S. Capitol
DateMarch 4, 1921

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The inauguration of Warren G. Harding took place on March 4, 1921, marking the beginning of his tenure as the twenty-ninth president of the United States. Chief Justice Edward D. White administered the Oath of office.

Harding utilized the bible George Washington used at his swearing in. This was the first time an automobile had been used in an Inaugural ceremony, driving President Wilson and President-Elect Harding to the Capitol.

Later-President Coolidge would criticize the inauguration: "I was struck by the lack of order and formality that prevailed." Coolidge was sworn in as Vice President in the Senate Chamber and on the east portico of the Capitol, respectively, which he believed ruined "all semblance of unity and continuity." Critic H. L. Menken went further, describing Harding's inaugural address itself thus: "It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash. But I grow lyrical."

The 1921 Committee of Inaugural Ceremonies consisted of:

*Sen. Philander C. Knox (R-PA)-Chairman

*Sen. Knute Nelson (R-MN)

*Sen. Lee Slater Overman (D-NC)

*Rep. Joseph Gurney Cannon (R-IL)

*Rep. Charles F. Reavis (R-NE)

*Rep. Charles Manly Stedman (D-NC)-Replaced Rep. William W. Rucker (D-MO) who resigned from the Joint Committee.

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