18TH INAUGURAL CEREMONIES
March 4, 1857
THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES
The Swearing-In Ceremony:
James Buchanan was sworn-in as the 15th President of the United States, and John Breckenridge was sworn-in as the 14th Vice President of the United States.
East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Light snow and wind with heavier snow during the Inaugural Address. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.
FACTS, FIRSTS, AND PRECEDENTS
First Inauguration known to have been photographed.
PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to James Buchanan by the Honorable Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the United States.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to John C. Breckenridge.
President James Buchanan