Geronimo Participates in Roosevelt’s Inaugural Parade

Here’s a great old photo. I was unaware that Geronimo came to Washington in 1905 and participated in Teddy Roosevelt‘s inaugural parade (see some amazing photos of the inauguration). Click on the image for a much larger version.

According to The New York Times, the Inaugural Committee appropriated $2,000 to cover the expenses of “six noted Indians” to attend and celebrate President Roosevelt’s inaugural parade.

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Geronimo, the famous Apache warrior and five other Western Indian chiefs in inaugural parade, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1905
Geronimo, the famous Apache warrior and five other Western Indian chiefs in inaugural parade, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1905

And, here’s another photo of the same group of chiefs in the parade.

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Indian chiefs headed by Geronimo, passing in review before President Roosevelt, Inauguration Day, 1905
Indian chiefs headed by Geronimo, passing in review before President Roosevelt, Inauguration Day, 1905

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  • ET

    Always like to look events like this up in Chronicling America hoping for some cool trivia and pictures. While there were some interesting things about Gerinimo none spent too much time on the inauguration. However, these cool things popped up:

    “The Committeemen Who did the Work” Evening star. (Washington, D.C.), 03 March 1905. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1905-03-03/ed-1/seq-18/

    “Grand Marshal’s Parade Order” Evening star. (Washington, D.C.), 03 March 1905. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1905-03-03/ed-1/seq-22

    He was grouped with the Third Brigade and others that were mentioned were – Quanah Parker, Buckskin Charlie, American Horse, Little Plume, and Hollow Horn Boar.