Swearing-In Ceremony for President William McKinley
Twenty-Eighth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1897
‘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
Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to William McKinley by the Honorable Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of the United States.
- 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,
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.