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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Rutherford B. Hayes

Twenty-Third Inaugural Ceremonies, March 5, 1877


Inaugural Address

‘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
(Words: 2481)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Rutherford B. Hayes by the Honorable Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of the United States.

Library of Congress

  • 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.

U.S. Senate Collection


East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

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.