Swearing-In Ceremony for President Andrew Johnson
Oath of Office
Administered to Andrew Johnson by the Honorable Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: Origin of the Bible unknown, but said to have been opened to Proverbs 20 and 21.
- Attire: Unknown
Twelfth Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
Abraham Lincoln had been shot at Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. He died the next day. Johnson took the oath of office in the presence of cabinet members, several Senators and House members, and other dignitaries.