President William McKinley's 1897 inaugural
On a rainy March 4, 1845, Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, sat on the inaugural platform and personally reported President James K. Polk’s inauguration by telegraph. He transmitted only as far as Baltimore, Maryland. The 1857 inauguration of President James Buchanan was the earliest to have been photographed.
In 1897, President William McKinley took the oath of office at the first inauguration record on movie film and gramophone record.
Other inaugural technological firsts:
- First broadcast by radio: Calvin Coolidge, 1925
- First sound newsreel: Herbert Hoover, 1929
- First broadcast by television: Harry S. Truman, 1949