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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Chester A. Arthur

Library of Congress

Oath of Office

Administered to Chester A. Arthur by the Honorable John R. Brady, Justice of the New York State Supreme Court the Honorable Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of the United States.

  • Bible Used: Bible unknown for September 20 oath-taking; Bible provided by Clerk of the Supreme Court James H. McKenney for September 22 oath, open to Psalm 31:1-2.
  • Attire: Unknown


123 Lexington Ave.,
Chester Arthurs Private Residence
New York, NY

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

Arthur became President upon the assassination of James Garfield, who was shot by Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 1881, in Washington, D.C., and died on September 19, 1881. Former Presidents Hayes and Grant were both present for the swearing-in ceremony on September 22.