42ND INAUGURAL CEREMONIES

DWIGHT D.

EISENHOWER

January 20, 1953

RICHARD M.

NIXON

INAUGURAL COMMITTEE

Sen. Styles Bridges (R-NH), Chair

Sen. Carl T. Hayden (D-AZ)

Rep. Leslie C. Arends (R-IL)

Rep. Joseph W. Martin (R-MA)

Rep. Sam T. Rayburn (D-TX)

THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES

The Swearing-In Ceremony:

Dwight D. Eisenhower was sworn-in as the 34th President of the United States, and Richard M. Nixon was sworn-in as the 36th Vice President of the United States.

Location:

East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Weather:

Cloudy skies, with a noon temperature of 49°F.

Bible:

Eisenhower used two Bibles: the Bible used by George Washington in 1789 (belonging to St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 1), opened to II Chronicles 7:14; and his own personal “West Point Bible,” opened to Psalm 33:12.

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INVOCATION

The Most Reverend Patrick A. O’Boyle, Archbishop of Washington

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NATIONAL ANTHEM

Performed by Dorothy Maynor accompanied by the United States Marine Band, led by Lt. Col. William F. Santelmann

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VICE PRESIDENTIAL OATH

Administered to Richard M. Nixon by Senator William Knowland

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MUSICAL SELECTION

“America, the Beautiful” performed by Eugene Conley, accompanied by the United States Marine Band

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PRAYER

 Photo Credit: AP 

Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver of Cleveland, OH

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PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE

Administered to Dwight D. Eisenhower by the Honorable Frederick Vinson, Chief Justice of the United States.

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INAUGURAL ADDRESS

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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BENEDICTION

Bishop Henry Knox Sherrill

INAUGURAL LUNCHEON

For the first time, members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies hosted a luncheon in honor of the newly sworn-in President and Vice President. Approximately 200 guests including the new President, Vice President, members of their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership attended­­ the event in the United States Senate Restaurant.

LUNCHEON MENU

Gulf Shrimp
Olives, Radishes, and Tomato Juice
Creamed Chicken in Patty Shell
Baked Sugar-Cured Ham
Cranberry Jelly
Watermelon Pickles
Potato Puffs*
New Peas in Butter
Green Salad
Ice Cream Sundaes
Petits Fours