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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Thomas Jefferson

Fourth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1801


Inaugural Address

‘Friends and Fellow-Citizens: Called upon to undertake the duties of the first executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow-citizens which is here assembled to express my grateful thanks for the favor with which they have been pleased to look toward me, to declare a sincere consciousness that the task is above my talents, and that I approach it with those anxious and awful presentiments which the greatness of the charge and the weakness of my powers so justly inspire.’

Read the address
(Words: 1721)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Thomas Jefferson by the Honorable John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.

Library of Congress

  • Bible Used: Unknown
  • Attire: A reporter noted, "His dress was, as usual, that of a plain citizen without any distinctive badge of office."

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Aaron Burr.

Library of Congress


Senate Chamber,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

  • First inauguration in Washington, DC

  • He broke precedent by walking to and from his swearing-in ceremony, rather than riding in a carriage as his predecessors did.

  • The Marine Band played at the Inauguration for the first time. (It has played at every Inauguration since.)

  • For the first time, a newspaper (the National Intelligencer) printed the Inaugural address the morning of the Inauguration.


Mild and beautiful. Estimated noon temperature of 55°F.