The 18th Presidential

Inauguration

James Buchanan

March 04, 1857

Inaugural

Address

‘Fellow-Citizens: I appear before you this day to take the solemn oath “that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.’

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to James Buchanan by the Honorable Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the United States.

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to John C. Breckenridge.

Facts, Firsts &

Precedents

First Inauguration known to have been photographed.

Location
East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC
Weather
Light snow and wind with heavier snow during the Inaugural address. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.