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These Photos Show Lincoln's Inauguration Was Pretty Quaint Compared To Obama's

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 4/03/2016 Chris McGonigal
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On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in on the steps of an unfinished U.S. Capitol building, making him the 16th president of the United States.

Photos from that day show around 25,000 people crowding the Capitol steps, a far cry from the last inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009, where crowds were estimated at upwards of 1.8 million people. 

Below is a photo from the March 4, 1861, inauguration of Abraham Lincoln:

Compare that with the Jan. 20, 2009, inauguration of Barack Obama:

Although there are not many photos of Lincoln's first inauguration, his second inauguration on March 4, 1865, was better documented, including some images uncovered in 2008.

See more photos and drawings from Lincoln's inaugurations below:

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