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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Lyndon Baines Johnson

Forty-Fifth Inaugural Ceremonies, January 20, 1965


Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

  • B. Everett Jordan

Musical Selection

"Stars and Stripes Forever" performed by the United States Marine Band under the direction of Lt. Col. Albert F. Schoepper.


The Most Reverend Robert E. Lucey, S.T.D., archbishop of San Antonio

Musical Selection

"Hail, America" performed by the United States Marine Band under the direction of Lt. Col. Albert F. Schoepper.

Musical Selection

A special arrangement of "America, the Beautiful" performed by Leontyne Price accompanied by the United States Marine Band.


Rabbi Hyman Judah Schachtel, Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, TX

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Hubert Humphrey by the Honorable John W. McCormack, Speaker of the House of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Reverend George R. Davis, minister National City Christian Church of Washington, DC

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Lyndon Baines Johnson by the Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States.

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  • Bible Used: Johnson took the oath on the same family Bible he used at his Vice Presidential Inauguration in 1961. It was closed.
  • Attire: Morning coat, striped trousers

Inaugural Address

‘ My fellow countrymen, on this occasion, the oath I have taken before you and before God is not mine alone, but ours together.’

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(Words: 1492)

Musical Selection

"This is My Country" performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, conducted by Richard P. Condie


His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, Greek Orthodox archbishop of North and South America

The National Anthem

Performed by the United States Marine Band


East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC


Skies were cloudy and one inch of snow lay on the ground. Estimated temperature of 38°F.

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

Security for Johnson's Inauguration was tight following the assasination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. For the first time, the President rode in a bullet-proofed limousine.

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President Johnson had first taken the oath of office on board Air Force One on November 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. The election of 1964 was a landslide victory for the Democratic Party. Mrs. Johnson joined the President on the platform on the East Front of the Capitol; she was the first wife to stand with her husband as he took the oath of office. The oath was administered by Chief Justice Earl Warren. Leontyne Price sang at the ceremony.