March 01, 2004

*Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Tidbits from Martin Van Buren's inauguration:

1. Van Buren was the first to ride with his predecessor to the Capitol for the Oath of Office. It became customary for the incoming and outgoing presidents to ride together to and from the Capitol.

2. The procession to the Capitol included horse-riding representatives of various political groups who had supported Van Buren's campaign.

3. The weather for Van Buren's inauguration was beautiful, and a large crowd gathered to witness the Oath of Office.

4. During his speech, Van Buren referred to the United States as "the chosen spot" of the world.

Posted by Jennifer at March 1, 2004 08:16 AM