From George Washington to Donald Trump, here's our photo tribute to Inauguration Day.

There's been a lot of upheaval and discussion about the United States presidential election recently, but we thought it would be cool to take a deep-dive into inaugurations past. There's something so special about the so-called "peaceful transfer of power" that happens when one president leaves office and the newly elected one comes in. 

We couldn't find photos for all the inaugurations (pre-cameras, of course), and we couldn't find portraits or sketches for all of them either. But, man—Have we put together a pretty cool collection of images chronicling the peaceful transfer of power!

If you're a history buff, you'll enjoy watching the changes to the Capitol building and looking at the faces of Americans from over the past 160 years! We sure did!

1789: George Washington, 1st President

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George Washington took the oath of office on April 30, 1789.

1829: Andrew Jackson, 7th President

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We're skipping a bunch of years (and presidents) here, but Andrew Jackson took the oath of office on March 4, 1829. According to the painting, this was the first inauguration to take place at the Capitol.

1857: James Buchanan, 15th President

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Taken on March 4, 1857, during James Buchanan's oath of office, this is the first-known photo taken of an Inauguration Day in the United States.

1861: Abraham Lincoln, 16th President

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President Lincoln can be seen giving his speech in the very center of this photo, taken on his Inauguration Day, March 4, 1861.

1865: Andrew Johnson, 17th President

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Following the assassination of President Lincoln, the inauguration of Andrew Johnson was held on April 15, 1865, at Kirkwood House in Washington, D.C.

1869: Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President

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Ulysses S. Grant took office on March 4, 1869.

1877: Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President

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Rutherford B. Hayes was inaugurated on March 4, 1877.

1881: James A. Garfield, 20th President

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James A. Garfield took the oath of office on March 4, 1881.

1881: Chester A. Arthur, 21st President

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The inauguration of Chester A. Arthur took place on September 20,1881, at his private home in New York City following the death of President James A. Garfield the night before.

1885: Grover Cleveland, 22nd President

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Grover Cleveland was first inaugurated into office on March 4, 1885. (He served a second term later, after Benjamin Harrison.)

1889: Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President

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It was a rainy Inauguration Day for Benjamin Harrison on March 4, 1889. The exiting president, Grover Cleveland, held the umbrella over Harrison as he took the oath of office.

1893: Grover Cleveland, 24th President

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Grover Cleveland took the oath of office for the second time on March 4, 1893.

1897: William McKinley, 25th President

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William McKinley was sworn into office on March 4, 1897. Former President Grover Cleveland can be seen to the right.

1901: Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President

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After President McKinley's death on September 14, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office in the Ansley Wilcox House in Buffalo, New York.

1909: William Howard Taft, 27th President

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William Howard Taft took the oath of office on March 4, 1909.

1913: Woodrow Wilson, 28th President

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We love this close-up from the swearing-in of Woodrow WIlson on March 4, 1913.

1921: Warren G. Harding, 29th President

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Warren G. Harding took the oath of office on March 4, 1921.

1923: Calvin Coolidge, 30th President

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Following the death of Warren G. Harding the night before, Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office at his homestead in Vermont on August 3, 1923. This was the sixth non-scheduled inauguration ever.

1929: Herbert Hoover, 31st President

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Herbert Hoover took the oath of office on March 4, 1929.

1933: Frankin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President

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Franklin D. Roosevelt's initial inauguration took place on March 4, 1933. Because the U.S. was neck-deep in World War II, Roosevelt would serve three and a half terms, totaling 12 years.

1945: Harry S. Truman, 33rd president

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After Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away, Harry S. Truman was inaugurated on April 12, 1945, at the Cabinet Room inside the White House.

1953: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President


Dwight D. Eisenhower was sworn in on Januaty 20, 1953. This was the year that Inauguration Day moved from traditionally being held in March, to January.

1961: John F. Kennedy, 35th President

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John F. Kennedy took the oath of office on January 20, 1961.

1963: Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President

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This heartbreaking photo shows Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office on an airplane, just hours after President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Kennedy's wife Jackie stands at Johnson's side.

1969: Richard Nixon, 37th President

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A color photo at last! Richard Nixon took the oath of office on January 20, 1969.

1974: Gerald Ford, 38th President

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Gerald Ford's inauguration on August 9, 1974, was the first in U.S. history to take place because the previous president had resigned. Before that, all the previous eight non-scheduled inaugurations were due to a president's death.

1977: Jimmy Carter, 39th President

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Jimmy Carter took the oath of office on January 20, 1977.

1981: Ronald Reagan, 40th President

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Ronald Reagan took the oath of office on January 20, 1981.

1989: George H.W. Bush, 41st President

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George H.W. Bush took the oath of office on January 20, 1989.

1993: Bill Clinton, 42nd President

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Bill Clinton took the oath of office on January 20, 1993.

2001: George W. Bush, 43rd President

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George W. Bush took the oath of office on January 20, 2001.

2009: Barack Obama, 44th President

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Barack Obama took the oath of office on January 20, 2009

2017: Donald Trump, 45th President

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Donald Trump took the oath of office on January 20, 2017.

Did you make it all the way to the end? Then, congratulations! And Happy Inauguration Day! (*whistles "Hail to the Chief"*) ;-)

All the photos included in this article are free to use under Public Domain.