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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President John Adams

Third Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1797


Inaugural Address

‘When it was first perceived, in early times, that no middle course for America remained between unlimited submission to a foreign legislature and a total independence of its claims, men of reflection were less apprehensive of danger from the formidable power of fleets and armies they must determine to resist than from those contests and dissensions which would certainly arise concerning the forms of government to be instituted over the whole and over the parts of this extensive country.’

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Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to John Adams by the Honorable Oliver Ellsworth, Chief Justice of the United States.

Library of Congress

  • Bible Used: Unknown
  • Attire: Suit of grey broadcloth, without fancy buttons or knee buckles

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Thomas Jefferson.

Library of Congress


House of Representatives Chamber,
Congress Hall
Philadelphia, PA

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

First president to receive the oath of office from a Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court


Fair. Estimated noon temperature, 53°F