Swearing-In Ceremony for President Richard M. Nixon
Forty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies, January 20, 1973
Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks
- Marlow W. Cook
The Reverend Dr. E.V. Hill
"Inaugural Fanfare" performed by the United States Marine Band under the direction of Lt. Col. Dale Hooper
Rabbi Seymour Siegel
Vice Presidential Oath of Office
- Administered to Spiro T. Agnew (Resigned October 10, 1973)
- Administered to Gerald R. Ford (Appointed October 12, 1973)
Greek Orthodox Archbishop Iakavos
"America the Beautiful" by the Combined Service Academies Chorus
Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Richard M. Nixon by the Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: Two brown leather family Bibles, open to Isaiah 2:2-4 (same Bibles used at his 1969 Inauguration)
- Attire: Club jacket, striped trousers, and four-in-hand tie
‘When we met here four years ago, America was bleak in spirit, depressed by the prospect of seemingly endless war abroad and of destructive conflict at home.’
Read the address
Cardinal Terence James Cooke
The National Anthem
Performed by Ethel Ennis
Cloudy and windy, with a noon temperature of 42°F.
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
Richard Nixon became the first President to resign on August 9, 1974.