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1789: George Washington

Washington delivering his inaugural address in the old city hall, New York’ George Washington delivering his inaugural address before members of the Congress. Includes text of speech. (Photo: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)

66 hands on 66 Bibles

The United States was founded in opposition to monarchs, whose coronations are quasi-religious ceremonies heavy on jewels, crowns, robes and scepters.

A president, chosen by the people, from among the people, requires no props other than a plain English Bible and swears allegiance to the Constitution.

It's been that way for 224 years, a tradition that even this least traditional of president-elects wouldn't dare break. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News)

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