Swearing-In Ceremony for President Herbert C. Hoover
Thirty-Sixth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1929
‘My Countrymen: This occasion is not alone the administration of the most sacred oath which can be assumed by an American citizen.’
Read the address
Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Herbert C. Hoover by the Honorable William H. Taft, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: Family Bible, open to Proverbs 29:18
- Attire: Loose fitting morning coat, striped trousers, plain black overcoat
Vice Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Charles Curtis.
A heavy rain began just before the oath of office was administered, and the Capitol grounds and parade route were so crowded that it was impossible for anyone to run for cover. By the time he completed his inaugural address, President Hoover was soaking wet. Estimated noon temperature was 48°F, and total rainfall was .40 inches.
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
First Inaugural ceremony recorded by talking newsreel.
President and Mrs. Hoover, Vice President Curtis, members of the JCCIC, members of the PIC, cabinet members, Chief Justice and Mrs. Taft, Speaker and Mrs. Longworth, and the G.A.R. guard of honor returned to the White House for a private luncheon before the parade.