Swearing-In Ceremony for President Rutherford B. Hayes
Twenty-Third Inaugural Ceremonies, March 5, 1877
‘Fellow-Citizens: We have assembled to repeat the public ceremonial, begun by Washington, observed by all my predecessors, and now a time-honored custom, which marks the commencement of a new term of the Presidential office.’
Read the address
Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Rutherford B. Hayes by the Honorable Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: Bible provided by D. W. Middleton, Clerk of the Supreme Court, open to Psalm 118:11-13.
- Attire: Unknown
Vice Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to William Wheeler.
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
March 4, 1877 fell on Sunday, so Hayes privately took oath of office on Saturday, March 3 in the White House Red Room to ensure peaceful transition of power; the public Inauguration was on Monday, March 5.
Cloudy with brief periods of light snow. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.