44TH INAUGURAL CEREMONIES

JOHN F.

KENNEDY

January 20, 1961

LYNDON B.

JOHNSON

THEME: FILL IN

INAUGURAL COMMITTEE

Sen. John J. Sparkman (D-AL), Chair

Sen. Carl T. Hayden (D-AZ)

Sen. Styles Bridges (R-NH)

Rep. Sam T. Rayburn (D-TX)

Rep. John W. McCormack (D-MA)

Rep. Charles A. Halleck (R-IN)

THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES

The Swearing-In Ceremony:

John F. Kennedy was sworn-in as the 35th President of the United States, and Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn-in as the 37th Vice President of the United States.

Location:

East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Weather:

Snow into the early morning left 8 inches on the ground. It was sunny but cold the rest of the day. Army flame throwers were used to clear snow from Pennsylvania Avenue. Estimated noon temperature of 22°F.

Bible:

Fitzgerald family Bible (his mother’s family), closed.

FACTS, FIRSTS, AND PRECEDENTS

First time a poet, Robert Frost, participated in the inaugural program; First Roman Catholic to become President of the United States.

THE INAUGURAL LUNCHEON

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 Capitol’s Old Senate Chamber.

THE INAUGURAL LUNCHEON

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 Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.