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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Ulysses S. Grant

Twenty-First Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1869


Inaugural Address

‘ 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.’

Read the address
(Words: 1122)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Ulysses S. Grant by the Honorable Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the United States.

Henry Wright Smith/Library of Congress

  • Bible Used: Unknown
  • Attire: Unknown

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Schuyler Colfax.

Library of Congress


East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

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.