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Inauguration of James K. Polk

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The inauguration of James K. Polk as the 11th president of the United States happened on March 4, 1845. This was the 15th inauguration and it marked the start of the only four-year term of both James K. Polk as president and George M. Dallas as vice president. The inauguration took place at the East Portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Chief Justice Roger B. Taney gave the oath of office to Polk. This was the first inauguration to be reported by telegraph and to be shown in a newspaper illustration; it appeared in The Illustrated London News.[1]

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  1. "The 15th Presidential Inauguration: James K. Polk, March 04, 1845". United States Senate. Archived from the original on January 20, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2020.

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