Inaugural Facts and Figures

Inauguration Day: (Jan. 20, 2005)

Every four years on Jan. 20, the oath of office is administered to the president-elect and vice president-elect of the United States, at the U.S. Capitol — by 12 noon. This year’s inaugural theme, “A Vision of America,” commemorates the anniversaries of two significant events in American history that helped shape our nation: the centennial of Theodore Roosevelt’s formal inauguration as president in 1905 and the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition reaching the Pacific in 1805. The U.S. Census Bureau has culled from previously released data the following inaugural-related facts:

The number of places across the U.S.A. named “Bush.” These places include Bush, Ill., Bush CCD (Census County Division), Ky., Bush township, Neb., Bush township, N.D., and Bushton, Kan. <>

The number of places named “Cheney.” These places include Cheney’s Grove township, Ill., Cheney, Kan., Cheneyville, La., and Cheney, Wash. <>

295.3 million
Nation’s projected population on this 55th Presidential Inauguration Day, up by more than 11 million from four years earlier. <>

Number of formal wear and costume rental establishments nationwide in 2002. These would be good places to find appropriate attire for one of the inaugural balls.

The number of limousine service establishments in 2002. Limos will play a prominent role in the inauguration, transporting dignitaries along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. <>

Below are some presidential inauguration milestones, courtesy of the 2005 Calendar of American Politics:

First inauguration in Washington, D.C.
First inaugural ball
  Thomas Jefferson (March 4, 1801)
James Madison (March 4, 1809)
First inauguration to be photographed   James Buchanan (March 4, 1857)
First ceremony recorded by a motion picture camera   William McKinley (March 4, 1897)
First president to travel to and from ceremony in an automobile
First inauguration broadcast on radio
  Warren Harding (March 4, 1921)
Calvin Coolidge (March 4, 1925)
First televised inauguration   Harry Truman (Jan. 20, 1949)
First ceremony broadcast on the Internet   Bill Clinton (Jan. 20, 1997)
Shortest inaugural address (135 words)   George Washington (March 4, 1793)
Longest inaugural address (8,445 words)   William H. Harrison (March 4, 1841)
Warmest inaugural temperature (55° F)   Ronald Reagan (Jan. 20, 1981)
Coldest inaugural temperature (7° F)   Ronald Reagan (Jan. 21, 1985)


Information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau