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Forgotten Relics: What Ronald Reagan wrote on his Inauguration Day

In another edition of "Forgotten Relics," Mercury Museum presents the original signed Inaugural Oath of Office from President Ronald Reagan's 1981 ceremony. President Reagan used this very card on the morning of his first inauguration and subsequently gave it to his close friend and political ally, Nancy Clark Reynolds, to whom the inscription is addressed to at the top.

Nancy Clark served as assistant press secretary during his California governorship and was recruited to join the White House transition team before his first term in office. Throughout Reagan's time in the Oval Office, Nancy remained a valued friend and adviser to the administration. The inscription at the top of the card reads, "To Nancy - who 'brightens the corner where we are.'"

Incidentally, Reagan dated the card the previous year out of habit, as his inauguration actually took place in 1981. Included with this inauguration relic were two tickets to the President's box on Inauguration Day, January 20th, 1981.

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