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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President John Quincy Adams

Tenth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1825

Inaugural Address

‘In compliance with an usage coeval with the existence of our Federal Constitution, and sanctioned by the example of my predecessors in the career upon which I am about to enter, I appear, my fellow-citizens, in your presence and in that of Heaven to bind myself by the solemnities of religious obligation to the faithful performance of the duties allotted to me in the station to which I have been called.’

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(Words: 2911)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to John Quincy Adams by the Honorable John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.

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  • Bible Used: According to his own version of his Inauguration, Adams took the oath upon a volume of law.
  • Attire: Black "homespun" suit

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to John C. Calhoun.

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

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

Adams was the first to wear long trousers, rather than knee breeches.


Rainy; total rainfall was .79 inches. Estimated noon temperature of 47°F.