Second presidential inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Franklin D. Roosevelt
DateJanuary 20, 1937; 85 years ago (1937-01-20)
LocationUnited States Capitol,
Washington, D.C.
Organized byJoint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
ParticipantsFranklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States
— Assuming office

Charles Evans Hughes
Chief Justice of the United States
— Administering oath

John Nance Garner
32nd Vice President of the United States
— Assuming office

Joseph Taylor Robinson
United States Senate Majority Leader
— Administering oath
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The second inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt as president of the United States was held on Wednesday, January 20, 1937 rather than on Thursday, March 4, 1937, at the East Portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. This was the 38th presidential inauguration and marked the commencement of the second term of Franklin D. Roosevelt as president and John Nance Garner as vice president. It was the first inauguration to take place on January 20 per the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This was also the first time the vice president took the oath of office on the inaugural platform rather than in the Senate Chamber.[1]

It rained all morning and during the inauguration; the crowds hastily dispersed once it was over.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "The 38th Presidential Inauguration: Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 20, 1937". United States Senate. Retrieved July 5, 2021.
  2. ^ The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox: A Year in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk in FDR's Washington pages 165-167, by John Frush Knox, edited and published by Dennis J. Hutchinson and David J. Garrow, 2004.