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Washington, Lincoln, JFK, Trump: The 45th US president takes his place in history

On Jan. 20th Donald Trump takes his place in history as the 45th President of the United States. For the vast majority of presidents, the public swearing-in has taken place in front of the Capitol Building in Washington. For presidents who entered office under special circumstances, like the death or resignation of their predecessor, smaller ceremonies have taken place inside government buildings. One exception is Lyndon Johnson, who was sworn in on Air Force Once following the assignation of John F. Kennedy.

But by and large, the custom has remained unchanged, give or take some extra security, TV cameras and a few jumbotrons. Here is a look at at some past inaugurals.

Barack Obama, George W. Bush
Barack Obama, 2009. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
George W. Bush, 2001.
George W. Bush, 2001.
CLINTON INAUGURATION 1993
William J. Clinton, 1993. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
INAUGURATION GEORGE BUSH
George H.W. Bush, 1989. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
Burger Hatfield Carter Reagan
Ronald Reagan, 1981. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
Carter Inauguration
Jimmy Carter, 1977. (AP Photo)
Gerald R. Ford in the East Room of the White House in 1974.
Gerald R. Ford in the East Room of the White House, 1974. (AP Photo)
Richard M. Nixon, 1969.
Richard M. Nixon, 1969. (AP)
JOHNSON SWORN
Lyndon B. Johnson in the cabin of Air Force One with Jacqueline Kennedy stands, Nov. 1963. (AP Photo/White House, Cecil Stoughton)
John F. Kennedy, 1961
John F. Kennedy, 1961. (AP Photo)
EISENHOWER INAUGURATION 1953
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953. (AP Photo)
Truman Swears Oath 1945
Harry S. Truman takes the oath of office for President of the United States shortly after Roosevelt’s death, April 1945. (AP Photo)
FDR Sworn In 1933
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933. (AP)
Herbert Hoover Inauguration 1929
Herbert Hoover, 1929. (AP)
A depiction of Calvin Coolidge taking the oath of Office in Vermont in 1923 following the death of President Warren G. Harding.
A depiction of Calvin Coolidge taking the oath of Office in Vermont in 1923 following the death of President Warren G. Harding. (Library of Congress)
Theodore Roosevelt, 1901
Theodore Roosevelt, 1901. (Library of Congres)
Grover Cleveland, 1885
Grover Cleveland, 1885. (Library of Congress)
Abraham Lincoln, 1861
Abraham Lincoln, 1861. (Library of Congress)
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A depiction of George Washington delivering the first inaugural address in New York in 1789. (Library of Congress)
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