The 28th Presidential


William McKinley

March 04, 1897



‘Fellow-Citizens: In obedience to the will of the people, and in their presence, by the authority vested in me by this oath, I assume the arduous and responsible duties of President of the United States, relying upon the support of my countrymen and invoking the guidance of Almighty God.’

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to William McKinley by the Honorable Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of the United States.

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Garret Hobart.

Facts, Firsts &


  • First Inaugural ceremony recorded by a motion picture camera

  • First President to have a glass-enclosed reviewing stand for the Inaugural parade

  • First Inauguration at which Congress hosted a luncheon for the President and Vice President

In front of the Original Senate Wing, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC
Clear. Estimated noon temperature of 40°F.
Bible presented to him by the Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; II Chronicles 1:10 is marked