FIRST OF FDR'S INAUGURALS HELD 84 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The first inaugural of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt occurred 84 years ago today, March 4, 1933. It was also the last inaugural held on March 4th as the passage of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution moved future inaugurals to January 20th.
FDR was sworn in by Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes on the East Front of the United States Capitol. Standing in the rain on a gloomy day in an equally gloomy economic period of our nation's history, FDR placed his hand on the family Dutch Bible published in 1686 and repeated the Oath of Office on the oldest Bible ever to be used in an inauguration.
Franklin Roosevelt's first Inaugural Address is best known for the statement, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
"The Nation asks for action, and action now. Our greatest primary task is to put people to work (and this) can be accomplished...by direct recruiting by the Government...accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the usage of our natural resources."
"Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inauguration, 1933," The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, www.gilderlehrman.org/