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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Calvin Coolidge

Thirty-Fifth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1925

Program

Inaugural Address

‘My Countrymen: No one can contemplate current conditions without finding much that is satisfying and still more that is encouraging.’

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Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Calvin Coolidge by the Honorable William H. Taft, Chief Justice of the United States.

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  • Bible Used: Family Bible given to him by his mother, open to John 1
  • Attire: Morning coat and striped trousers.

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Charles Dawes.

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Location

East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Weather

Mostly sunny skies. Estimated noon temperature of 44°F.

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

  • First Inaugural ceremony broadcast nationally by radio

  • First time a former President, William H. Taft, administered the oath of office as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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Video

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In 1923 President Coolidge first took the oath of office, administered by his father, a justice of the peace and a notary, in his family's sitting room in Plymouth, Vermont. President Harding had died while traveling in the western States. A year later, the President was elected on the slogan "Keep Cool with Coolidge." Chief Justice William Howard Taft administered the oath of office on the East Portico of the Capitol. The event was broadcast to the nation by radio.