SWEARING IN OF HARRY S. TRUMAN
April 12, 1945
Harry S. Truman took the oath of office just two hours after he received word of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death, which was caused by cerebral stroke, becoming the 33rd President of the United States.
PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Administered to Harry S. Truman by the Honorable Harlan F. Stone, Chief Justice of the United States.
Cabinet Room, The White House
According to Truman, “There was much scurrying around to find this book on which to take the oath.” It was closed while he repeated the oath, and he kissed the book when he finished.