The 20th Presidential


Abraham Lincoln

March 04, 1865



‘ Fellow-Countrymen: At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first.’

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Abraham Lincoln by the Honorable Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the United States.

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Andrew Johnson.

Facts, Firsts &


African Americans participated in the Inaugural parade for the first time.

East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC
Rain for two days and right up to the ceremony, when it ended and the sun broke through. Total rainfall for the day was .30 inches, with the bulk of it falling near daybreak. Grounds around the Capitol were very soft and muddy. Estimated noon temperature of 45°F.
The origin of Lincoln's second Inaugural Bible is unknown, but it was open to Matthew 7:1; 18:7; and Revelations 16:7.