The Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013 presented by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

First President to take the oath of office on Sunday


First President to take the oath of office on Sunday. March 4, 1917 fell on a Sunday, so Wilson was sworn in privately on that day in the President's Room in the U.S. Capitol by Chief Justice Edward D. White. His public inauguration was held on Monday, March 5.

Thirty-Third Inaugural Ceremonies

Woodrow Wilson, 1917

My Memoir, by Edith Bolling Wilson:

March 4th falling on Sunday, the oath of office was taken without formality. At 11:20 we reached the Capitol in a pouring rain, accompanied by Mr. McCormick. Mr. Tumulty, Mr. Rudolf Forster, Mr. Young and Pat McKenna from the Executive Offices awaited us in the President's Room. Cabinet members, Senators and Representatives swarmed in and out while the President signed bills—all but the ship-arming bill, which the filibusters had defeated. At 11:40 Chief Justice White came in and began chatting with me. The committee which ordinarily waits on the President to say that Congress has adjourned, "having finished all business," decided not to go through that form, as the statement would be manifestly untrue. So the adjournment was announced only by the ringing of a bell and the Clerk of the Senate's saying to the Chief Justice: "It is now twelve o'clock." My husband arose, standing beside the littered desk where he had been signing papers. The Clerk handed him the Bible he had used four years before, and also when he became Governor of New Jersey. The Chief Justice administered the oath. This simple ceremony (I was the only woman present) was more to our taste than the formal Inauguration which followed on Monday, March 5th.