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James Polk's inaugural ball
Scrambling for supper at James Polk's 1845 "pure Democrats" inaugural ball at the National Theatre, from Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis, 1886.

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Grover Cleveland's inaugural ball, from Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis, 1886. The 1885 affair was held in the still-unfinished Pension Building.

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Bill Clinton playing his saxophone at his 1993 inaugural ball in the National Building Museum (formerly the Pension Building).
George Bush's inaugural ball
Guests pressed against the glass doors of the National Museum of American History, waiting to enter Vice President George Bush's inaugural ball in 1981.

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