Nobody thought to bring a Bible to take the oath of office.
A late frost killed off the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.
An influenza epidemic prevented large crowds from gathering and spreading germs in the fledgling new Republic.
Communications about the inauguration did not reach Vice President John Adams in time for him to join in the celebration.
William Henry Harrison
George W. Bush
The date in question, 4 March 1849, fell on a Sunday.
He was afflicted with chicken pox.
Sectional rivalry prevented such a gathering until congressional compromise could be crafted.
Threats against the president-elect caused concern.
Rutherford B. Hayes
Ulysses S. Grant
John F. Kennedy
Harry S. Truman
Lyndon B. Johnson
Warren G. Harding
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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