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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Warren G. Harding

Thirty-Fourth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1921


Inaugural Address

‘My Countrymen: When one surveys the world about him after the great storm, noting the marks of destruction and yet rejoicing in the ruggedness of the things which withstood it, if he is an American he breathes the clarified atmosphere with a strange mingling of regret and new hope.’

Read the address
(Words: 3326)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Warren G. Harding by the Honorable Edward D. White, Chief Justice of the United States.

Library of Congress

  • Bible Used: Same Bible used by George Washington, belonging to St. John's Masonic Lodge No. 1, open to Micah 6:8
  • Attire: Morning coat and dark striped trousers

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Calvin Coolidge.

Library of Congress


East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC


Sunny. Estimated temperature of 38°F.

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

  • First President to ride to and from his Inauguration in an automobile.

  • President and Mrs. Harding and their immediate family ate lunch at the White House immediately following the inauguration. The luncheon was arranged by outgoing President and Mrs. Wilson, following the tradition established in 1889, when President and Mrs. Cleveland invited the Harrisons to eat lunch at the White House before the parade.

Inaugural Committee