20th INAUGURAL CEREMONIES
March 4, 1865
THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES
The Swearing-In Ceremony:
Abraham Lincoln was sworn-in for his second term as the 16th President of the United States, and Andrew Johnson was sworn-in as the 16th Vice President of the United States.
East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Rained for two days and right up to the ceremony, when it ended and the sun broke through. Total rainfall for the day was .30 inches, with the bulk of it falling near daybreak. Grounds around the Capitol were very soft and muddy. Estimated noon temperature of 45°F.
The origin of Lincoln’s second Inaugural Bible is unknown, but it was open to Matthew 7:1; 18:7; and Revelations 16:7.
FACTS, FIRSTS & PRECEDENTS
African Americans participated in the Inaugural Parade for the first time.
PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Abraham Lincoln by the Honorable Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the United States.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Andrew Johnson.
President Abraham Lincoln