24TH INAUGURAL CERMONIES
March 4, 1881
THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES
The Swearing-In Ceremony:
James A. Garfield was sworn-in as the 20th President of the United States, and Chester A. Arthur was sworn-in as the 20th Vice President of the United States.
East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Snow all night until about 10 a.m. The afternoon was sunny and windy. Estimated noon temperature of 57°F.
Bible provided by James H. McKenney, Clerk of the Supreme Court, open to Proverbs 21:1.
FACTS, FIRSTS, AND PRECEDENTS
First president to review the Inaugural Parade from a stand built in front of the White House.
PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to James A. Garfield by the Honorable Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of the United States.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Chester A. Arthur.
President James A. Garfield