The United States has seen 58 previous presidential inaugurations, but none like this one. On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President amid a global pandemic and the aftermath of an attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the defeated incumbent, Donald Trump, who became only the fourth president not to attend his successor’s inauguration.
But while 2021's inauguration completed arguably the most tumultuous transfer of power in American history, the drama is not entirely unprecedented. Read on to explore the history of past inaugurations and presidential transitions, including John Adams snubbing Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration, the threats against President-elect Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War, and the bitter transition from Herbert Hoover to Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression.
Inauguration Day is a crucial moment in American democracy, a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power even in the most divided of times.
For a new American president, there is no formula to follow when writing an inaugural address. In fact, an address isn’t even required by the US Constitution.
Why the presidency has seemed like a prison ever since.
The country was young, and many were excited about the peaceful transition of power after a bruising election. But not John Adams.
This Impeached, One-Term President Refused to Go to His Successor’s Inauguration. Now Trump Will Do The Same.The Washington Post
It’s been 152 years since Andrew Johnson decided not to attend the swearing-in of Ulysses S. Grant.
What the battle between Herbert Hoover and FDR can teach us.
From drunk vice presidents to poisoned pigeons, anything can happen on Inauguration Day—and often does, as these 35 fascinating facts prove.