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