Swearing-In Ceremony for President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thirty-Ninth Inaugural Ceremonies, January 20, 1941
The Reverend ZeBarney T. Phillips, D. D., Chaplain of the Senate
Vice Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Henry A. Wallace by the Honorable John Nance Garner, Vice President.
Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Franklin D. Roosevelt by the Honorable Charles E. Hughes, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: Same family Bible used for his 1933 and 1937 Inaugurations, open to I Corinthians 13
- Attire: Morning coat and striped trousers
‘On each national day of inauguration since 1789, the people have renewed their sense of dedication to the United States.’
Read the address
The Right Reverend Monsignor Michael J. Ready, general secretary, National Catholic Welfare Conference, Washington, D. C.,
Sunny, but cold with a brisk wind. Wind chill 10°F; noon temperature of 29°F
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
First and last time a President was Inaugurated for a third term. (The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution limited Presidential terms to two.)
President and Mrs. Roosevelt hosted 1,200 guests at the White House for a buffet luncheon consisting of tomato soup, salad, beef, ham, tongue, cake, ice cream, and coffee.