March 23, 2004

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Some tidbits from Chester Arthur's inauguration:

1. Arthur became president when James Garfield was assassinated. Garfield's cabinet sent a telegram to Arthur to take the Oath of Office "without delay." He did so in New York City, but took it again when he returned to Washington, D.C. at the Attorney General's suggestion.

2. The second Oath was taken in the Vice President's office at the Capitol with former presidents Grant and Hayes in attendance.

3. After taking the second Oath, Arthur read a short statement praising Garfield.

Posted by Jennifer at March 23, 2004 08:09 AM