President Franklin Roosevelt’s Fourth Inauguration (1945)

Here is video (partly in color) of FDR being inaugurated for the fourth time. This being the fourth time is impressive enough, but also, this happened on the South Portico of the White House due to ongoing privations due to the Second World War. It was a rather muted event compared to all other inaugurations. That doesn’t mean this video isn’t incredible.

Watch as Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United states starts his fourth term (which only lasts three months). He died in April of the same year and his funeral procession is something you can watch here.

Here’s a great photo to go with the above video. You can also see the extremely ugly awnings on the South Portico prior to the Truman Balcony renovations.

Roosevelt Inauguration 1945
President Franklin Roosevelt

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