The 40th Presidential


Franklin D. Roosevelt

January 20, 1945

The Right Reverend Angus Dun, Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Harry S. Truman by the Honorable Henry A. Wallace, Vice President.

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Franklin D. Roosevelt by the Honorable Harlan F. Stone, Chief Justice of the United States.



‘Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. Vice President, my friends, you will understand and, I believe, agree with my wish that the form of this inauguration be simple and its words brief.’

The Right Reverend Monsignor John A. Ryan, director of the Social Action Department of the National Catholic Welfare Conference

Facts, Firsts &


  • First and only President sworn in for a fourth term; had simple Inaugural ceremony at the White House.

  • At the height of WWII, Franklin D. Roosevelt's fourth Inauguration was simple and austere with no fanfare or formal celebration following the event. There was no parade because of gas rationing and a lumber shortage.

The White House
Washington, DC
Light snow ended around 9 am that morning. Cloudy skies. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.
Same family Bible used for his 1933, 1937, and 1941 inaugurations, open to I Corinthians 13
Inaugural Committee