Who was the first U.S. president to ride in an automobile to his inauguration? July 16, 2020January 8, 2012 by Pamela Landy Warren G. Harding was the first president to ride in an automobile to his inauguration, on March 4, 1921. Related Answers What president gave the longest recorded inauguration speech? How much money did George Washington borrow to go to his inauguration? What principle does Claudette Colbert say she’s proven by revealing her leg to hitch a ride in It Happened One Night (1934)? What was the first inauguration to be televised? Did Paul Newman ride the bicycle himself in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)? What U.S. president put down the Boston police strike?