Swearing-In Ceremony for President James Madison
Sixth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1809
‘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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Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to James Madison by the Honorable John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.
- 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.
House of Representatives Chamber,
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.