Swearing-In Ceremony for President James Monroe
Ninth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1821
‘I shall not attempt to describe the grateful emotions which the new and very distinguished proof of the confidence of my fellow citizens, evinced by my reelection to this high trust, has excited in my bosom.’
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Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to James Monroe by the Honorable John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: Unknown
- Attire: Black broadcloth suit, with shoe and knee buckles
Vice Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Daniel D. Tompkins.
House of Representatives Chamber,
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
Monroe's Inauguration was the first inauguration to fall on a Sunday. Monroe decided to hold the Inaugural ceremony on Monday, March 5, after consulting with Supreme Court justices.
Snow began on Saturday evening, March 3, making Washington snowbound by Sunday afternoon. It continued through Inauguration day forcing Monroe to take his oath of office in the House chamber.