23RD INAUGURAL CEREMONIES
March 5th, 1877
THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES
The Swearing-In Ceremony:
Rutherford B. Hayes was sworn-in as the 19th President of the United States, and William Wheeler was sworn-in as the 19th Vice President of the United States.
East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Cloudy with brief periods of light snow. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.
Bible provided by D. W. Middleton, Clerk of the Supreme Court, open to Psalm 118:11-13.
FACTS, FIRSTS, AND PRECEDENTS
March 4, 1877 fell on Sunday, so Hayes privately took oath of office on Saturday, March 3 in the White House Red Room to ensure peaceful transition of power; the public Inauguration was on Monday, March 5.
PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Rutherford B. Hayes by the Honorable Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of the United States.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to William Wheeler.
President Rutherford B. Hayes