Swearing-In Ceremony for President Harry S. Truman
Oath of Office
Administered to Harry S. Truman by the Honorable Harlan F. Stone, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: According to Truman, "There was much scurrying around to find this book on which to take the oath." It was closed while he repeated the oath, and he kissed the book when he finished.
- Attire: Dark business suit
The White House
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
Truman took the oath of office just two hours after he received word of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's death, which was caused by cerebral stroke.