Swearing-In Ceremony for President Thomas Jefferson
Fourth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1801
‘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
Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Thomas Jefferson by the Honorable John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.
- 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.
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.