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The inauguration of Warren G. Harding as the 29th President of the United States was held on Friday, March 4, 1921. The inauguration marked the commencement of Warren G. Harding's only term as President and of Calvin Coolidge's only term as Vice President. Harding died 2 years, 151 days into this term, and Coolidge succeeded to the presidency.

Presidential Inauguration of Warren Harding
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DateMarch 4, 1921; 98 years ago (1921-03-04)
LocationWashington, D.C.
U.S. Capitol
ParticipantsPresident of the United StatesWarren Harding
Assuming office
Chief Justice of the United
, Edward Douglass White
Administering oath
Vice President of the United StatesCalvin Coolidge
Assuming office
United States Congress Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

Chief Justice Edward D. White administered the presidential oath of office.[1] Harding placed his hand on the Washington Inaugural Bible as he recited the oath.[2]

Coolidge was sworn in as Vice President in the Senate Chamber and on the east portico of the Capitol, respectively, which he believed ruined "all semblance of unity and continuity."[3] Critic H. L. Menken described Harding's inaugural address, writing, "It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash. But I grow lyrical."[4]

The 1921 Committee of Inaugural Ceremonies consisted of:

The 1921 inauguration was the first in which an automobile was used to transport the president-elect and the outgoing president (Woodrow Wilson) to and from the Capitol.[2]

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