The first live media coverage of an American Presidential inauguration occurred in 1845 when James Polk’s swearing-in process was reported on in real-time by Samuel Morse, who brought his telegraphic equipment to Washington D.C. From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:
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From the March 2, 1898 Brooklyn Daily Eagle:
“San Francisco, Cal.–Captain G.E.D. Dimond, who will be 102 years old on May 1, is about to start on a pedestrian trip to New York. He helped to build the Erie Canal and was formerly United States Quartermaster at St. Louis. He has never married because his intended bride died in his arms at a ball given in honor of President Polk.”