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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President James Madison

Sixth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1809

Inaugural Address

‘Unwilling to depart from examples of the most revered authority, I avail myself of the occasion now presented to express the profound impression made on me by the call of my country to the station to the duties of which I am about to pledge myself by the most solemn of sanctions.’

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(Words: 1191)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to James Madison by the Honorable John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.

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  • Bible Used: Unknown
  • Attire: Wore a suit made entirely of American grown, carded, woven, cut, and sewed wool.

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to George Clinton.

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House of Representatives Chamber,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

The first Inaugural Ball was held the evening after the swearing-in ceremony. It took place at Long's Hotel and tickets cost $4 each.


Cloudy. It rained the day before, leaving the streets muddy.