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

Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1813


Inaugural Address

‘About to add the solemnity of an oath to the obligations imposed by a second call to the station in which my country heretofore placed me, I find in the presence of this respectable assembly an opportunity of publicly repeating my profound sense of so distinguished a confidence and of the responsibility united with it.’

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(Words: 1233)

Presidential Oath of Office

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

Library of Congress

  • Bible Used: Unknown
  • Attire: Unknown

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Elbridge Gerry.

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

Facts, Firsts & Precedents


According the the National Intelligencer, "The day was fine, the sun shone brilliantly."