10 interesting facts about presidential inaugurations

** FILE ** In this Jan. 21, 1985 file photo, first Lady Nancy Reagan watches as President Ronald Reagan is sworn in during ceremonies in the Rotunda beneath the Capitol Dome in Washington. Reagan, forced indoors by a record inaugural freeze, reenacted his oath taking and sounded a second term dedication to his conservative principles. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)


10 interesting things to know about presidential inaugurations

1. A president's death was blamed on his inauguration speechHarrisonWilliam Henry Harrison had both the longest inauguration speech and shortest presidency. His death in 1841 was caused by pneumonia, which many believed he got because of the cold weather he gave the speech in — at least until our understanding of science and medicine evolved. The 10,000-word, nearly two-hour-long speech was delivered in a snowstorm during which Harrison refused to wear an overcoat, hat or gloves, apparently because he wanted …

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