Inaugural Media Coverage:

From the telegraph to the Internet

by Borgna Brunner
Media Technologies

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First inaugural to be covered by telegraph:
James Polk (March 4, 1845)

First newspaper illustration of a presidential inauguration:
Franklin Pierce (March 4, 1853)

First inaugural to be photographed:
James Buchanan (March 4, 1857)

First inaugural recorded by a movie camera:
William McKinley (March 4, 1897)

First inaugural broadcast nationally by radio:
Calvin Coolidge (March 4, 1925)

First inaugural recorded by a talking newsreel:
Herbert Hoover (March 4, 1929)

First inaugural televised:
Harry S. Truman (January 20, 1949)

First closed-captioning of a television broadcast for the hearing impaired:
Ronald Reagan (Jan. 20, 1981)

First inaugural to be broadcast live on the Internet:
Bill Clinton (Jan. 20, 1997)

Source: Architect of the Capitol

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