December 15, 2017

Today in History: Lincoln’s Inauguration

Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

Today in History–March 4–the Library of Congress features the first inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln, conducted  on this date in 1861. Times were tense  and Lincoln delivered his inaugural address under the guard of riflemen. In the speech he called for compromise and appealed for the preservation of the Union. Learn more about President Lincoln’s first day in office by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary source about both of Lincoln’s inaugurations and more.

First inauguration

Story of Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration from America’s Library

Items from Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration (printed copy with handwritten edits)

Documents Lincoln used as he created his first inaugural address

Abraham Lincoln first inauguration primary source set March 4, 1861

Abraham Lincoln first inauguration historical newspaper coverage 1861

Second inauguration

Lincoln inaugurations image set

More Lincoln primary source collections & teaching resources 

Presidential Spotlight: Abraham Lincoln

Primary Source Learning About Lincoln

Related resources

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Today in History: Daniel Webster

Today in History: Nullification Crisis

Today in History: Henry Clay

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