Under which president did the tradition of playing "Hail to the Chief" when the president entered a room begin?
"Hail to the Chief" sounds forth as the President of the United States arrives at any formal occasion. It was Julia Tyler, the wife of President John Tyler, who first requested that "Hail to the Chief" be played specifically to announce the President's arrival on official occasions. The tune was included in certain nineteenth century musical instruction books and the future First Lady, Sarah Childress Polk, studied it as a young woman. It was played at her husband James Polk's inauguration but she, perhaps more than others, ritualized its use. Standing at only 5'8", his wife Sara, was afraid that people wouldn't notice her husband as he entered a room.