Happy Independence Day, USA!
To celebrate America’s 240th birthday, BAMF Style is showing off a great, well-researched infographic from the folks at SunglassWarehouse.com that breaks down the suit worn at the first inauguration of every American president from George Washington’s brown broadcloth suit in 1789 right up to Barack Obama’s dark, bullet-resistant suit in 2009.
I was especially interested to see what was worn by William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States and the deliverer of the longest inaugural speech at 8,495 words… far longer than George Washington’s shortest address which came in at only 135 words. Harrison’s speech was the longest thing about his presidency, which lasted hardly a month before he succumbed to the fatal pneumonia that he had likely contracted by delivering such lengthy remarks without any outerwear on that cold wet morning in March. In fact, the greatest product of William Henry Harrison’s presidency may be the Parks and Recreation episode that lampooned it.
For a BAMF Style breakdown of suits worn by presidents both real and fictional, check out these posts:
- Harrison Ford as President James Marshall in Air Force One
- Frank Underwood’s Cream Linen Suit (House of Cards, Chapter 33)
- Frank Underwood’s Blue Linen Suit (House of Cards, Chapter 34)
- John F. Kennedy’s Ivy League Style