The 39th Presidential


Franklin D. Roosevelt

January 20, 1941

The Reverend ZeBarney T. Phillips, D. D., Chaplain of the Senate

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Henry A. Wallace by the Honorable John Nance Garner, Vice President.

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Franklin D. Roosevelt by the Honorable Charles E. Hughes, Chief Justice of the United States.



‘On each national day of inauguration since 1789, the people have renewed their sense of dedication to the United States.’


The Right Reverend Monsignor Michael J. Ready, general secretary, National Catholic Welfare Conference, Washington, D. C.,

Facts, Firsts &


  • First and last time a President was Inaugurated for a third term. (The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution limited Presidential terms to two.)

  • President and Mrs. Roosevelt hosted 1,200 guests at the White House for a buffet luncheon consisting of tomato soup, salad, beef, ham, tongue, cake, ice cream, and coffee.

East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC
Sunny, but cold with a brisk wind. Wind chill 10°F; noon temperature of 29°F
Same family Bible used for his 1933 and 1937 Inaugurations, open to I Corinthians 13
Inaugural Committee