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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President George Washington

First Inaugural Ceremonies, April 30, 1789

Inaugural Address

‘ Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives: Among the vicissitudes incident to life no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the 14th day of the present month.’

Read the address
(Words: 1419)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to George Washington by the Honorable Robert Livingston, Chancellor of the State of New York.

  • Bible Used: The Holy Bible from St. John's Masonic Lodge, No. 1, opened at random due to haste to Genisis 49:13
  • Attire: Dark brown suit (made in America), with steel-hilted sword, white silk stockings, and silver shoe buckles

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to John Adams.

Library of Congress


Federal Hall
New York, NY

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

First Inauguration


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