28TH INAUGURAL CEREMONIES
March 4th, 1897
THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES
The Swearing-In Ceremony:
William McKinley was sworn-in as the 25th President of the United States, and Garret Hobart was sworn-in as the 24th Vice President of the United States.
In front of the Original Senate Wing, U.S. Capitol
Clear. Estimated noon temperature of 40°F.
Bible presented to him by the Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; II Chronicles 1:10 is marked.
FACTS, FIRSTS, AND PRECEDENTS
First Inaugural Ceremony recorded by a motion picture camera; First president to have a glass-enclosed reviewing stand for the Inaugural Parade; First Inauguration at which Congress hosted a luncheon for the President and Vice President.
PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to William McKinley by the Honorable Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of the United States.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Garret Hobart.
“Fellow-Citizens: In obedience to the will of the people, and in their presence, by the authority vested in me by this oath, I assume the arduous and responsible duties of President of the United States, relying upon the support of my countrymen and invoking the guidance of Almighty God.”