19TH INAUGURAL CEREMONIES
March 4, 1861
THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES
The Swearing-In Ceremony:
Abraham Lincoln was sworn-in as the 16th President of the United States, and Hannibal Hamlin was sworn-in as the 15th Vice President of the United States.
East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Rain until mid-morning and then sunny and mild in the afternoon.
Bible purchased by William Thomas Carroll, Clerk of the Supreme Court, opened at random. It is almost identical to James Buchanan’s 1857 Bible.
FACTS, FIRSTS & PRECEDENTS
Lincoln’s procession to the Capitol was surrounded by heavily armed calvary and infantry, providing an unprecedented amount of protection for the President-elect as the nation stood on the brink of war.
PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Abraham Lincoln by the Honorable Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the United States.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Hannibal Hamlin.
President Abraham Lincoln