March 25, 2004

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Some tidbits from Grover Cleveland's inauguration:

1. Cleveland delivered both of his inaugural speeches from memory. Only he and Franklin Pierce gave their speeches without notes of any kind.

2. He took the Oath of Office with his hand on the Bible his mother had given him when he was a boy.

3. The second Cleveland inaugural parade was the first to feature female marchers.

4. The weather for his first inauguration was very nice, but the second was stormy and cold. Despite the weather, he removed his hat when he stood to give his inaugural address. Apparently the onlookers were reminded of William Henry Harrison, because there were several shouts of "Put on that hat!" from below.

Posted by Jennifer at March 25, 2004 08:11 AM