THE SWEARING IN OF CHESTER A. ARTHUR
September 20, 1881
Chester A. Arthur became the 21st President of the United States upon the assassination of James Garfield, who was shot by Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 1881, in Washington, D.C., and died on September 19, 1881. Former Presidents Hayes and Grant were both present for the Swearing-In Ceremony on September 22.
OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Chester A. Arthur by the Honorable John R. Brady, Justice of the New York State Supreme Court the Honorable Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of the United States.
123 Lexington Ave., Chester Arthur’s Private Residence
New York, NY
Bible unknown for September 20 oath-taking; Bible provided by James H. McKenney, Clerk of the Supreme Court, for September 22 oath, open to Psalm 31:1-2