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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President James Buchanan

Eighteenth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1857

Inaugural Address

‘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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(Words: 2822)

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.

Library of Congress


East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

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.