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Which Shall It Be? Congress Decides

This illustration entitled, "Which Shall It Be? Congress Decides", by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, which appeared in the Washington Evening Star on March 10, 1909, shows the contrast between current Inauguration Day of March 4 and that of April 4, which many were in support of due to the terrible weather conditions on the inauguration of William Howard Taft as President., The Inauguration Day of William Howard Taft was one of the worst Inauguration days ever due to rain, snow, sleet, slush, and chilling winds. Because of the bad weather, there was much support in changing Inauguration Day to April 30, which is when George Washington was inaugurated. In the cartoon, Inauguration Day on April 30 is shown with the sun shining and everyone happy. Inauguration Day on March 4 is shown with horrible weather conditions and First Aid ready for those who get sick. The resolution was not successful until 1933 though, when Inauguration Day was changed to January 20.
National Archives and Records Administration
Part of:
Berryman Political Cartoon Collection, Records of the U.S. Senate
Related persons:
Washington Evening Star, (Publisher)
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