March 29, 2004

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Some tidbits from William McKinley's inauguration:

1. Not since Lincoln's journey from Illinois to Washington, D.C. had the newly elected president's journey been part of the inaugural festivities, but McKinley enjoyed a victory tour of sorts when he left Canton, Ohio for Washington. Crowds cheered him on throughout his trip.

2. The weather for McKinley's inauguration was pleasant and sunny.

3. Riding with President Cleveland before the Oath, McKinley remarked, "Mr. President, you are a happier man than I am."

Cleveland responded, "I am sure of that, Major."

4. McKinley's inauguration was the first to be filmed (without sound).

5. The decorations for McKinley's inaugurations were gold. What could be more fitting for the champion of the gold standard?

Posted by Jennifer at March 29, 2004 10:53 AM