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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Forty-Third Inaugural Ceremonies, January 20, 1957

 

Program

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

  • Styles Bridges

Invocation

The Reverend Dr. Edward L.R. Elson, National Presbyterian Church of Washington, DC

National Park Service

The National Anthem

Marian Anderson

National Park Service

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Richard M. Nixon by the Honorable William Knowland, Senator of the U.S. Senate.

National Park Service

Prayer

His Eminence Michael, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in North and South America

Musical Selection

"America the Beautiful" by the United States Marine Band

Musical Selection

"America" by Brian Sullivan accompanied by the United States Marine Band

Prayer

Dr. Louis Finkelstein, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Dwight D. Eisenhower by the Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States.

Library of Congress

  • Bible Used: Eisenhower used his personal "West Point Bible," open to Psalm 33:12
  • Attire: Morning coat and striped trousers, Homburg hat

Inaugural Address

‘Mr. Chairman, Mr. Vice President, Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. Speaker, members of my family and friends, my countrymen, and the friends of my country, wherever they may be, we meet again, as upon a like moment four years ago, and again you have witnessed my solemn oath of service to you.’

Read the address
(Words: 1655)

Benediction

Cardinal Edward Mooney, Archbishop of Detroit

The Star Spangled Banner

The United States Marine Band

Location

East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Weather

Light snow in the early morning. Cloudy skies with a few flurries in the afternoon. Estimated noon temperature of 44°F.

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

Library of Congress

January 20, 1957 fell on a Sunday, so Eisenhower was sworn in privately that day by Chief Justice Earl Warren in the White House East Room. His public Inauguration was held on Monday, January 21, 1957.

Inaugural Committee

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Video

U.S. Senate Recording Studio

January 20 occurred on a Sunday, so the President took the oath in the East Room at the White House that morning. The next day he repeated the oath of office on the East Portico of the Capitol. Chief Justice Earl Warren administered the oath of office on the President’s personal Bible from West Point. Marian Anderson sang at the ceremony at the Capitol. A large parade and four inaugural balls followed the ceremony.