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Lincoln takes oath of office in 1865
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Abraham Lincoln's Inaugurations

On this summary page you will find links to information about President Lincoln's presidential inaugurations on March 4, 1861 and March 4, 1865. Both occasions produced memorable speeches.

Inaugural Texts and Manuscripts

First Inaugural Address Text*
First Inaugural Address Manuscript (Library of Congress)
First Inaugural Documents and Images (Library of Congress)
Second Inaugural Address Text*
Second Inaugural Documents and Images (Library of Congress)

Classroom Aids

Lincoln's First Inaugural Address for Grades 3-5 (National Endowment for the Humanities)

Commentary

Abraham Lincoln's First Inauguration*
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inauguration*
First Inaugural (Mr. Lincoln's White House)
Interview with Ronald C. White, Jr.*
Lincoln's First Inaugural (Illinois Channel/YouTube)
"Lincoln's Second Inauguration" by Noah Brooks (Cornell University)
Second Inaugural Danger (Library of Congress)
Second Inaugural (Mr. Lincoln's White House)
Ronald C. White, Jr. -- The Meaning of the Second Inaugural Address (MPR)

Images and Artifacts

First Inaugural Bible (Library of Congress)
First Inaugural Photograph (Library of Congress)
First Inaugural Drawings (U.S. Senate)
Second Inaugural Drawings (U.S. Senate)
U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.*
U.S. Capitol Photo Tour*

Inaugural Journey to Washington

Lincoln's Departure for Washington*
Lincoln's Inaugural Journey Appearance in Pittsburgh (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)
Lincoln's Inaugural Journey Reception in Buffalo, New York (Buffalo History Works)
Lincoln Meets Grace Bedell*
Lincoln's Whiskers and Grace Bedell (Buffalo History Works)

Related Reading

Searcher, Victor. Lincoln's Journey to Greatness. Philadelphia and Toronto: The John C. Winston Company, 1960.
Villard, Henry, ed. by Harold G. and Osward Garrison Villard. Lincoln on the Eve of '61. New York, 1941.
White, Ronald C. Jr. Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural. Simon & Schuster, 2002.

Related Links

Presidential Inaugurations (Library of Congress)
Presidential Inaugurations and the U.S. Capitol (U.S. Capitol Historical Society)

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