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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Woodrow Wilson

Thirty-Second Inaugural Ceremonies, March 4, 1913

Inaugural Address

‘ There has been a change of government.’

Read the address
(Words: 1699)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Woodrow Wilson by the Honorable Edward D. White, Chief Justice of the United States.

Library of Congress

  • Bible Used: Same Bible used when he was sworn in as Governor of New Jersey, open to Psalm 119:43-46.
  • Attire: Frock coat and rose-colored tie, top silk hat

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Thomas R. Marshall.

Library of Congress


East Portico,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC


Overcast, but mild. Estimated noon temperature of 55°F.

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

Inaugural ball was suspended for the first time since 1853. Wilson requested that the ball be cancelled because he found it inappropriate for the solemn occasion.

Inaugural Committee