Swearing-In Ceremony for President Ulysses S. Grant
Twenty-First Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1869
‘ Citizens of the United States: Your suffrages having elected me to the office of President of the United States, I have, in conformity to the Constitution of our country, taken the oath of office prescribed therein.’
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Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Ulysses S. Grant by the Honorable Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: Unknown
- Attire: Unknown
Vice Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Schuyler Colfax.
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
Andrew Johnson did not accompany President-elect Grant to the Capitol, nor did he attend the Inagural ceremonies. Instead, he remained at the White House signing last-minute legislation.
Light rain all morning stopping just before noon. The afternoon was mostly sunny. Total rainfall was .11 inches and the estimated noon temperature was 40°F.