Swearing-In Ceremony for President James Buchanan
Eighteenth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1857
‘Fellow-Citizens: I appear before you this day to take the solemn oath “that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.’
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Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to James Buchanan by the Honorable Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: Unknown
- Attire: Unknown
Vice Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to John C. Breckenridge.
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
First Inauguration known to have been photographed.
Light snow and wind with heavier snow during the Inaugural address. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.