Herbert Hoover is inaugurated as the 31st president of the United States

Popular opinion for the engineer, humanitarian, and Secretary of Commerce brought the President-elect to office with expectations of continued national growth and prosperity.

Chief Justice William Howard Taft administered the oath of office on the East Portico of the Capitol. On taking his first elective office, the new President addressed a large crowd in the drizzling rain. Dirigibles and aircraft flew over the Capitol to mark the occasion.