President Taft’s Snowy Inauguration in 1909

Complaining about our bizarre weather? Try having your Presidential Inauguration in crappy, snowy weather. That’s what happened to our most rotund president (and latest Nats racing president).

Here is a photograph of him in the carriage with Teddy Roosevelt en route to the Capitol and his swearing in.

Taft & Roosevelt driving to Capitol, Mar. 4, 1909.

Taft & Roosevelt driving to Capitol, Mar. 4, 1909.

And below are a few more photographs from that day, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Photographers at President Taft's inauguration, March 4, 1909

Photographers at President Taft’s inauguration, March 4, 1909

Side view of Taft on balustrade in snow, with top hat in hand, gesturing to crowd before him on grounds of east front of Capitol, with photographers at left.

Side view of Taft on balustrade in snow, with top hat in hand, gesturing to crowd before him on grounds of east front of Capitol, with photographers at left.

President and Mrs. Taft leaving the Capitol to head the parade to the White House [March 4, 1909].

President and Mrs. Taft leaving the Capitol to head the parade to the White House [March 4, 1909].

 

President Taft is here photographed with Edward F. Stallwagon [i.e. Edward J. Stellwagen], Chief of the Inaugural Committee, and with Vice President James S. Sherman--A severe blizzard hindered the ceremonies.

President Taft is here photographed with Edward F. Stallwagon [i.e. Edward J. Stellwagen], Chief of the Inaugural Committee, and with Vice President James S. Sherman–A severe blizzard hindered the ceremonies.


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