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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Andrew Jackson

Eleventh Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1829

Inaugural Address

‘ Fellow-Citizens: About to undertake the arduous duties that I have been appointed to perform by the choice of a free people, I avail myself of this customary and solemn occasion to express the gratitude which their confidence inspires and to acknowledge the accountability which my situation enjoins.’

Read the address
(Words: 1125)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Andrew Jackson by the Honorable John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.

Architect of the Capitol

  • Bible Used: Unknown
  • Attire: Suit of plain black cloth, manufactured in Baltimore

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to John C. Calhoun.

Library of Congress


East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

  • First President to take the oath of office on the east front portico of the U.S. Capitol.

  • Outgoing President John Quincy Adams did not attend his succesor's Inaugural Ceremony. Relations between the two men were not good after the bitter campaign of 1828. Jackson blamed the verbal attacks made by Adams and his political allies for the death of his wife.


Warm and balmy. Estimated noon temperature of 57°F.