THE SWEARING IN OF ANDREW JOHNSON
April 15, 1865
Abraham Lincoln had been shot at Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. He died the following day. Johnson took the oath of office on April 15, 1865, becoming the 17th President of the United States, in the presence of cabinet members, several Senators and House members, and other dignitaries.
OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Andrew Johnson by the Honorable Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the United States.
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Origin of the Bible unknown, but said to have been opened to Proverbs 20 and 21.