March 26, 2004

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Some tidbits from Benjamin Harrison's inauguration:

1. John Philip Sousa composed "Presidential Polonaise" in Harrison's honor, which the Marine Band played for the inaugural festivities.

2. The weather for Harrison's inauguration was cold, with a rain and snow mix. Despite the terrible weather and some people's superstitions about his grandfather, Harrison refused to move the ceremony indoors.

3. His grandfather's memory was ever-present at the younger Harrison's inauguration. Life-size posters of Benjamin with the slogan "Big Chip off the Old Block" were displayed prominently in the parade.

Posted by Jennifer at March 26, 2004 08:02 AM