21ST INAUGURAL CEREMONIES
March 4, 1869
THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES
The Swearing-In Ceremony:
Ulysses S. Grant was sworn-in as the 18th President of the United States, and Schuyler Colfax was sworn-in as the 17th Vice President of the United States.
East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Light rain all morning, stopping just before noon. The afternoon was mostly sunny. Total rainfall was .11 inches and the estimated noon temperature was 40°F.
Bible provided by D. W. Middleton, Clerk of the Supreme Court, opened to Isaiah 11:1-3.
FACTS, FIRSTS, AND PRECEDENTS
Andrew Johnson did not accompany President-elect Grant to the Capitol, nor did he attend the Inaugural Ceremonies. Instead, he remained at the White House signing last-minute legislation.
PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Ulysses S. Grant by the Honorable Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the United States.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Schuyler Colfax.
President Ulysses S. Grant