Swearing-In Ceremony for President Zachary Taylor
Sixteenth Inaugural Ceremonies, March 5, 1849
‘Elected by the American people to the highest office known to our laws, I appear here to take the oath prescribed by the Constitution, and, in compliance with a time-honored custom, to address those who are now assembled.’
Read the address
Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Zachary Taylor by the Honorable Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: Unknown
- Attire: Unknown
Vice Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Millard Fillmore.
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
March 4, 1849 fell on a Sunday, so following precedent, Taylor was Inaugurated the next day, Monday, March 5, 1849.
Three Inaugural balls were held that evening, and Taylor attended all of them.
Cloudy with snow flurries. Heavy snow began during the Inaugural ball. Estimated noon temperature of 42°F.