The Inauguration of Herbert Hoover in 1929

This is an excellent silent film from 1929. It begins with outgoing president Calvin Coolidge and Hoover entering a vehicle and being taken to the Capitol Building down Pennsylvania Avenue. The members of the Supreme Court are seen — including former president and then Chief Justice William Howard Taft — on the inauguration platform. Both Coolidge and Hoover are present and then the scene closes with the latter giving his inauguration speech.

The parade is grand and festive as Washington celebrates the incoming president. Hoover reviews the parade from the grandstand on Pennsylvania Ave, just north of the White House. The film closes with Calvin and Grace Coolidge waving goodbye from the back of a train.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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Cool 1928 Photo of Arlington Memorial Bridge Construction

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