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

Second Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1793


Inaugural Address

‘Fellow Citizens: I am again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate.’

Read the address
(Words: 135)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to George Washington by the Honorable William Cushing, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jean Leon Gerome Ferris/Library of Congress

  • Bible Used: Unknown
  • Attire: Black velvet suit; diamond knee buckles; black silk stockings; silver shoe buckles; dress sword with richly ornamented hilt

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to John Adams.

Library of Congress


Senate Chamber,
Congress Hall
Philadelphia, PA

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

  • First inauguration in Philadelphia, PA

  • Delivered the shortest inaugural address at just 135 words


Hazy sunshine and mild. Estimated noon temperature, 61°F