The 44th Presidential

Inauguration

John F. Kennedy

January 20, 1961
Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to John F. Kennedy by the Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States.



Inaugural

Address

‘And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.’

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Lyndon Baines Johnson.


Facts, Firsts &

Precedents

  • First time a poet, Robert Frost, participated in the Inaugural program

  • First Roman Catholic to become President of the United States.

Location
East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC
Weather
Snow into the early morning left 8 inches on the ground. It was sunny but cold the rest of the day. Army flame throwers were used to clear snow from Pennsylvania Avenue. Estimated noon temperature of 22°F.
Bible
Fitzgerald family Bible (his mother's family), closed
Inaugural Committee