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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President William McKinley

Twenty-Eighth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1897

Inaugural Address

‘Fellow-Citizens: In obedience to the will of the people, and in their presence, by the authority vested in me by this oath, I assume the arduous and responsible duties of President of the United States, relying upon the support of my countrymen and invoking the guidance of Almighty God.’

Read the address
(Words: 3964)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to William McKinley by the Honorable Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of the United States.

Library of Congress

  • Bible Used: Bible presented to him by the Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; II Chronicles 1:10 is marked
  • Attire: Unknown

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Garret Hobart.


In front of the Original Senate Wing,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

  • First Inaugural ceremony recorded by a motion picture camera

  • First President to have a glass-enclosed reviewing stand for the Inaugural parade

  • First Inauguration at which Congress hosted a luncheon for the President and Vice President


Clear. Estimated noon temperature of 40°F.