Fourth presidential inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivering his fourth Inaugural Address. - NARA - 199054.jpg
DateJanuary 20, 1945; 77 years ago (1945-01-20)
LocationWhite House,
Washington, D.C.
Organized byJoint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
ParticipantsFranklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States
— Assuming office

Harlan F. Stone
Chief Justice of the United States
— Administering oath

Harry S. Truman
34th Vice President of the United States
— Assuming office

Henry A. Wallace
33rd Vice President of the United States
— Administering oath

The fourth inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt as president of the United States was held on Saturday, January 20, 1945. This was the 40th inauguration and marked the commencement of the fourth and final term of Franklin D. Roosevelt as president and the only term of Harry S. Truman as vice president. This is the only time a president was inaugurated for a fourth term; after the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1951, no person can be elected president more than twice. Roosevelt died 82 days into this term, and Truman succeeded to the presidency.

Due to austerity measures in effect during World War II, the inauguration was held on the South Portico of the White House, rather than the Capitol. The parade and other festivities were canceled as well.[1] The oath was administered by Chief Justice Harlan F. Stone and the subsequent address was one of the shortest on record. This was also the last time that the outgoing vice president swore in his successor, which had previously been the practice, Roosevelt's presidency was, and remains the longest in American history.

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References

  1. ^ "The 40th Presidential Inauguration: Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 20, 1945". United States Senate. Retrieved July 5, 2021.