41ST INAUGURAL CEREMONIES
January 20, 1949
Sen. Carl T. Hayden (D-AZ), Chair
Sen. J. Howard McGrath (D-RI)
Sen. Kenneth S. Wherry (R-NE)
Rep. Harry R. Sheppard (D-CA)
Rep. John W. McCormack (D-MA)
Rep. Charles A. Halleck (R-IN)
THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES
The Swearing-In Ceremony:
Harry S. Truman was sworn-in for his first full term as the 33rd President of the United States, and Alben W. Barkley was sworn-in as the 35th Vice President of the United States.
East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Mostly sunny and windy. Estimated noon temperature of 38°F.
Truman used two Bibles: the first was the same Bible he used in 1945 when he was sworn-in upon the death of Franklin Roosevelt, open to Matthew 5 (Beatitudes). The second was a Gutenberg facsimile given to him by the Independence, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, opened to Exodus 20 (the Ten Commandments).
FACTS, FIRSTS, AND PRECEDENTS
First televised Inaugural Ceremony; Truman reinstated the Inaugural Ball.
Reverend Edward Hughes Pruden, minister, First Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
Performed by Phil Regan of Brooklyn, NY accompanied by the United States Marine Band, led by Maj. William F. Santelmann.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Alben W. Barkley by the Honorable Stanley F. Reed, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rabbi Samuel Thurman of the United Hebrew Temple, St. Louis, MO
PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Harry S. Truman by the Honorable Frederick Vinson, Chief Justice of the United States.
President Harry S. Truman
The Most Reverend Patrick A. O’Boyle, Archbishop of Washington