8TH INAUGURAL CEREMONIES
March 4, 1817
THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES
The Swearing-In Ceremony:
James Monroe was sworn-in as the 5th President of the United States, and Daniel D. Tompkins was sworn-in as the 6th Vice President of the United States.
The Front, Old Brick Capitol (current site of the U.S. Supreme Court building)
Warm and sunny. Estimated noon temperature of 50°F.
FACTS, FIRSTS, AND PRECEDENTS
First president to take the oath of office and deliver the Inaugural Address outdoors; ceremony took place on platform in front of the temporary Brick Capitol (where Supreme Court now stands). The original plan for Madison’s second Inauguration called for a ceremony in the House Chamber of the temporary Capitol, but when a small feud ensued between the Senate and the House of Representatives over which chairs would be used in the House chamber, the venue changed to an outdoor platform in front of the building.
PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to James Monroe by the Honorable John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Daniel D. Tompkins.
President James Monroe