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

Fifth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1805


Inaugural Address

‘Proceeding, fellow-citizens, to that qualification which the Constitution requires before my entrance on the charge again conferred on me, it is my duty to express the deep sense I entertain of this new proof of confidence from my fellow-citizens at large, and the zeal with which it inspires me so to conduct myself as may best satisfy their just expectations.’

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(Words: 2196)

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: Black suit and silk stockings

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to George Clinton.

Library of Congress


Senate Chamber,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

Inauguration held in the Chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives


Fair. Estimated noon temperature of 50°F.