The 46th Presidential


Richard M. Nixon

January 20, 1969

Opening Musical


"The Stars and Stripes Forever" by the United States Marine Band

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

Everett M. Dirksen


The Right Reverend Charles Ewbank Tucker, presiding bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Musical Selection

"God Bless America" performed by the United States Marine Band under the direction of Lt. Col. Albert F. Schoeppe


Rabbi Edgar F. Magnin

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Spiro T. Agnew by the Honorable Everett M. Dirksen, Senator of the U.S. Senate.


The Most Reverend Iakovos, primate of North and South America for the Greek Orthodox Church

Musical Selection

"This is My Country" performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Salt Lake City


The Reverend Billy Graham

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Richard M. Nixon by the Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States.



‘I ask you to share with me today the majesty of this moment. In the orderly transfer of power, we celebrate the unity that keeps us free.’

The National Anthem

Performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir accompanied by the United States Marine Band


The Most Reverend Terence J. Cooke, Archbishop of New York

Facts, Firsts &


  • Took the oath of office on two Bibles; both family heirlooms.

  • Nixon's Inauguration included an official, three-faith prayer service, open to the public, in the West Auditorium of the State Department.

East Portico, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC
It was cloudy with rain and sleet later in the day. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.
Two brown leather family Bibles, both open to Isaiah 2:4
Inaugural Committee