Inaugural Ball Limousine
How does a President travel to an inauguration? President William Howard Taft purchased a 48-horsepower six-cylinder Pierce-Arrow limousine he rode in to the inaugural ball. He used $12,000 appropriated by Congress specifically for the purchase of the first White House automobiles. He converted the White House stables to a garage shortly after his inauguration in 1909.
Learn more about President Taft in Michael L. Bromley’s book “William Howard Taft and the First Motoring Presidency, 1909-1913.”
Featured: President Taft’s chauffeur in a 1909 Pierce-Arrow outside of the White House garage.
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress