The 6th Presidential


James Madison

March 04, 1809



"Unwilling to depart from examples of the most revered authority, I avail myself of the occasion now presented to express the profound impression made on me by the call of my country to the station to the duties of which I am about to pledge myself by the most solemn of sanctions."

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to James Madison by the Honorable John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to George Clinton.

Facts, Firsts &


The first Inaugural Ball was held the evening after the swearing-in ceremony. It took place at Long's Hotel and tickets cost $4 each.

House of Representatives Chamber, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC
Cloudy. It rained the day before, leaving the streets muddy.