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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President James Monroe

Ninth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1821

Inaugural Address

‘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.’

Read the address
(Words: 4456)

Presidential Oath of Office

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

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  • Bible Used: Unknown
  • Attire: Black broadcloth suit, with shoe and knee buckles

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Daniel D. Tompkins.

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

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.