Thomas Woodrow Wilson is named President of the United States in 1913. The inaugural address of the President at the Capitol in Washington DC. Dignitaries and officials arrive in cloaks and hats for the ceremony. Guests include outgoing President William Howard Taft, British ambassador Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, German ambassador to the U.S. Count Von Bernstorff, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Joseph Gurney Cannon, Chief Justice of the U.S. Charles Evans Hughes, U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, and Ted Wilson. The President and other attendees take their place on the podium. A large crowd gathered to witness the ceremony. The Chief Justice along with the President. President Wilson addresses the crowd. The band and troops march on the streets.
Shows President Woodrow Wilson addressing crowd at his inauguration speech on March 4,1913 in Washington DC, at the United States Capitol building. Next scene shows Woodrow Wilson dressed in all white, speaking from a podium at Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1914. Several other officials are seated in the background during his speech. Final scene shows President Wilson's youngest daughter, Eleanor Wilson McAdoo.
Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, steps into a flag-and bunting-decorated open car. President-elect, Woodrow Wilson follows, waving his top hat, as he sits beside her. Next, outgoing President, William Howard Taft and First lady, Helen Herron Taft, enter the car and sit in front of the Wilsons. Short montage of buildings and houses. A Federal building in Washington, DC. What appears to be a hotel, with arabic writing on it. A neighborhood street. A politician smoking a cigar. A huge cast cement flower pot seen on lawn of the house behind him.
U.S. President William H Taft and President-elect, Woodrow Wilson, outside White House, on Inauguration Day, 1913. They get into a carriage to proceed to the ceremony. Taft enters the carriage first, followed by Wilson. An attendant places a carriage robe over their legs.
The Woman Suffrage Parade in Washington DC. Parade of 5000 suffragists down Pennsylvania Avenue, led by Inez Milholland, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, on the eve of President Wilson's first inauguration. Groups of women, mostly dressed in white, with signs and banners pass by on horse-drawn floats, on foot, and on horseback. One large sign says "Women of the Bible Lands."
A film titled 'Dawn Strikes the Capitol Dome' depicts an impressionistic study of Washington DC on a typical day during the Great Depression in the mid 1930s. The U.S. Capitol Building. The Washington Monument. Vehicles driven on a street. A man crossing a wide street of Washington DC. Policemen control the traffic. A woman runs on a street. A horse drawn carriage on the street and a sign reads 'Thompson Dairy'. A man gets down from the dairy carriage to deliver milk bottles. Traffic on the streets. A woman sweeps a house. A man breaks apart a large ice block into smaller chunks. A man waters a garden. A train arrives at Union Station, with closeup view from tracks as locomotive comes to a halt just in front of the camera position. A Pullman car porter places a Pullman step stool on the ground and passengers exit the train. People board a street car or trolley car with sign indicating it is bound for Chevy Chase Maryland. A man in shabby clothing, possibly unemployed jobless seated on a pathway; he stands and walks off. People exit a city bus when it comes to a stop. Construction of a wide sidewalk and men at work building the sidewalk path. Equestrian statue of Ulysses Grant riding Cincinnati on Capitol Hill. A saddle goods and leather shop with a statue of a horse in front of the store. Construction of a building underway, and a steam shovel at work excavating. A Washington street and buildings on either side of the street. A sign reads 'Right Turn Now'. A policeman directs traffic. Elevated views of car and streetcar or trolley traffic on the streets of Washington DC. Another policeman controls the traffic. Many 1930s era automobiles are seen. Point of view shot from inside a moving streetcar or trolley on roads of Washington DC; view of street car driver and passengers riding in the street car. Civilians ride bicycles. A large wheel tricycle leans against a tree in the background. Men attached to ropes work trimming tops of a tree. Sport equestrian riders ride horses on a large green area with the Lincoln Memorial in the background. A person tees off a golf ball on the National Mall. A sign reads 'Do Not Talk to Guard'. Men dive off diving boards in a swimming pool. Children play and splash in the waters of the Columbus Fountain sculpture at Union Station. A sail boat underway on the Potomac River. A woman holds a pet parrot bird on her finger and talks to it. A sign reds 'Please Give The Garden A Chance' as a man walks right beside it. A man lying on grass beside the Potomac River. Brief view of the Lieutenant General George Washington equestrian statue at Washington Circle.