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The inauguration of James K. Polk as the 11th President of the United States took place on Tuesday, March 4, 1845, a rainy day with morning thunderstorms. The inauguration marked the commencement of the only four-year term of James K. Polk as President and George M. Dallas as Vice President. Polk was sworn in at the East Portico of the United States Capitol by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney. This was the first inaugural ceremony to be reported by telegraph and to be shown in a newspaper illustration (in The Illustrated London News).[1]

Presidential Inauguration of James K. Polk
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DateMarch 4, 1845; 174 years ago (1845-03-04)
LocationWashington, D.C.
United States Capitol
ParticipantsPresident James K. Polk
Vice President George Dallas
Sketches of ceremony in the Illustrated London News.

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  1. ^ "President James Knox Polk, 1845". Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Retrieved 2009-01-23.

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