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1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt First Inauguration

Historic Official Inaugural Program


This Inaugural Program is from the historic first of four Presidential Inaugurations of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This was the inauguration in which Roosevelt started the New Deal of deep federal involvement in the economy and he started his speech by trying to calm the depression fears of the population:

"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.."

The 1933 Inaugural Program has a wealth of information about both the 1933 inaugural activities and the history of Presidential Inaugurations.

For a nice autograph of FDR on an official document and campaign poster take a look at this item:

Roosevelt's first inauguration was the last of a long line of Presidential Inaugurations scheduled for March 4 (some actually occurred on March 5).  As the article below notes, this was changed and all the subsequent inaugurations were scheduled for January 20 in recognition of modern transportation and to reduce the time between election and the commencement of the new administration.


    The 1933 inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt is the most important because it started a revolution in the conduct of American government and thus should be in every American presidential collection. The cover on this program is a little soiled and there is a piece missing on the front bordering the spine and a repaired tear on the back (shown above) that goes through the last page, which does not affect the content.

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