Slideshow: 12 surprising facts about the Inauguration

Slideshow: 12 surprising facts about the Inauguration

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William Henry Harrison – the ninth United States President – gave the longest inaugural address. It was 8,445 words, more than two hours in length and given to a crowd standing out in the elements of a bitter, damp and chilly March day. Jim Bendat, author of "Democracy's Big Day," says 68-year-old Harrison "extended himself too much" that day. After dragging out his long address and attending all three Inaugural balls – a record for the time – the new president caught pneumonia. Harrison, who was then the oldest man to be elected president, spent less than a month in office before succumbing to the cold.

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by ABC NEWS

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 6:24 AM

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