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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Herbert C. Hoover

Thirty-Sixth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1929


Inaugural Address

‘My Countrymen: This occasion is not alone the administration of the most sacred oath which can be assumed by an American citizen.’

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Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Herbert C. Hoover by the Honorable William H. Taft, Chief Justice of the United States.

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  • 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.

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East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC


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.

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Popular opinion for the engineer, humanitarian, and Secretary of Commerce brought the President-elect to office with expectations of continued national growth and prosperity. Chief Justice William Howard Taft administered the oath of office on the East Portico of the Capitol. On taking his first elective office, the new President addressed a large crowd in the drizzling rain. Dirigibles and aircraft flew over the Capitol to mark the occasion.