Swearing-In Ceremony for President James A. Garfield
Twenty-Fourth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1881
‘Fellow-Citizens: We stand to-day upon an eminence which overlooks a hundred years of national life—a century crowded with perils, but crowned with the triumphs of liberty and law.’
Read the address
Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to James A. Garfield by the Honorable Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: Bible provided by James H. McKenney, Clerk of the Supreme Court, open to Proverbs 21:1.
- Attire: Unknown
Vice Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Chester A. Arthur.
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
First President to review the Inaugural parade from a stand built in front of the White House.
Snow all night until about 10 am. The afternoon was sunny and windy. Estimated noon temperature of 57°F.