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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Martin Van Buren

Thirteenth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1837

Inaugural Address

‘Fellow-Citizens: The practice of all my predecessors imposes on me an obligation I cheerfully fulfill—to accompany the first and solemn act of my public trust with an avowal of the principles that will guide me in performing it and an expression of my feelings on assuming a charge so responsible and vast.’

Read the address
(Words: 3832)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Martin Van Buren by the Honorable Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the United States.

Library of Congress

  • Bible Used: Unknown
  • Attire: Unknown

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Richard M. Johnson.

Library of Congress


East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

  • First President who was not born a British subject

  • First time the President and President-elect rode to the Capitol together for the Inauguration


Sunny and brisk. Estimated noon temperature of 29°F.