NATION'S CAPITAL PREPARES FOR INAUGURAL FESTIVITIES
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 100 years ago today, March 3, 1917, the Nation's Capital prepared for second inaugural festivities of President Woodrow Wilson. In a story dated March 3, the Chicago Daily Tribune reported that the President would be taking part in two inaugural ceremonies.
The first, planned for Sunday, March 4th, was to be a private ceremony held in the President's office at the Capitol where Mr. Wilson would be signing bills during the closing hours of Congress. The second held on Monday, March 5th was to be the traditional public ceremony outside the Capitol building after which the President would deliver his second inaugural address.
The Tribune reported that the President would be sworn in on the Wilson family Bible which he had used for his inaugural ceremonies as Governor of New Jersey and for his first inaugural as POTUS.
The Tribune described the coming public inaugural event, which would include thousands of troops lining Pennsylvania Avenue, as "a great demonstration of American patriotism." Also mentioned was the planned demonstration by woman suffragists* who would be carrying banners of gold, purple and white in support of the constitutional amendment granting the right to vote to American women.
*Suffragists were persons advocating the extension of suffrage, or the right to vote, especially to women.
"Wilson to Take Oath Today. Public Rites Due Tomorrow," Chicago Daily Tribune, March 4, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/