The 46th Presidential

Inauguration

Richard M. Nixon

January 20, 1969

Opening Musical

Selections

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

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

Everett M. Dirksen

Invocation`

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

Prayer

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.


Prayer

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

Prayer

The Reverend Billy Graham

Presidential Oath of Office

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

Inaugural

Address

‘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

Benediction

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


Facts, Firsts &

Precedents

  • 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.

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