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Third inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt


Third inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Third Presidential Inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Date January 20, 1941 (1941-01-20)
Location Washington, D.C.
U.S. Capitol
Participants President of the United StatesFranklin D. Roosevelt
Assuming office
Chief Justice of the United
, Charles E. Hughes
Administering oath
Vice President of the United States,
Henry A. Wallace
Assuming office
Vice President of the United States,
John Nance Garner
Administering oath

The third inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt as the 32nd President of the United States was held on Monday, January 20, 1941 on the East Portico of the Capitol. The inauguration marked the commencement of the third four-year term of Franklin D. Roosevelt as President and the only four-year term of Henry A. Wallace as Vice President. It was the only time a President of the United States was inaugurated for a third term,[1] before the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which limits a President to two terms, was ratified. This was also possibly the first inauguration to be recorded on color film. The film was made by the National Youth Administration.

At the conclusion of the oath, then-Supreme Court clerk Elmore Leonard, who held the Bible for President Franklin Roosevelt, dropped the book.[2]

The Roosevelts hosted a reception for several thousand visitors at the White House later that day.[3]


  1. ^ "Inauguration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1941". Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  2. ^ Mears, Bill (2009-01-21). "Obama re-takes oath of office at the White House". Political Ticker. Cable News Network LP, LLLP. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Franklin D. Roosevelt Third Inaugural Address". Retrieved 2009-01-22. 

External links

  • 1941 inauguration sources
  • Official 1941 Presidential Inaugural Medal
  • 1941 inauguration badges

See also

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