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-Second Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1873


Inaugural Address

‘ Fellow-Citizens: Under Providence I have been called a second time to act as Executive over this great nation.’

Read the address
(Words: 1337)

Presidential Oath of Office

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

Library of Congress

  • Bible Used: Bible provided by D. W. Middleton, Clerk of the Supreme Court, opened to Isaiah 11:1-3.
  • Attire: Unknown

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Henry Wilson.

Library of Congress


East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

Coldest March 4 Inauguration Day; the noon temperature was 16


The morning low temperature of 4°F was a record for the month of March. The day remains the coldest March day on record. During the day, bitterly cold winds gusted up to 40 mph. By noon, the temperature had risen to 16°F. Wind chill temperatures were -15° to -30°F.