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Each US President assumes their term of office by reciting the Oath Of Office as defined in Article II Section I of the US Constitution.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

70 facts:

April 6, 1841
   the oath was recited by   
John Tyler
Brown's Hotel, 6th St. & Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. by William Cranch, Chief Judge of U.S. Circuit Court
April 12, 1945
   the oath was recited by   
Harry S. Truman
Cabinet Room, White House by Harlan F. Stone, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
April 15, 1865
   the oath was recited by   
Andrew Johnson
Kirkwood Hotel, 12th St. & Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. by Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
April 30, 1789
   the oath was recited by   
George Washington
Balcony of Federal Hall, New York City by Robert Livingston, Chancellor of State of New York
August 3, 1923
   the oath was recited by   
Calvin Coolidge
His father's residence, Plymouth, Vermont by John C. Coolidge, his father, a Notary Public
August 9, 1974
   the oath was recited by   
Gerald R. Ford
East Room, White House by Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1937
   the oath was recited by   
Franklin D. Roosevelt
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Charles E. Hughes, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1941
   the oath was recited by   
Franklin D. Roosevelt
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Charles E. Hughes, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1945
   the oath was recited by   
Franklin D. Roosevelt
South Portico, White House by Harlan F. Stone, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1949
   the oath was recited by   
Harry S. Truman
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Frederick Vinson, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1953
   the oath was recited by   
Dwight D. Eisenhower
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Frederick Vinson, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1957
   the oath was recited by   
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Privately in East Room, White House by Earl Warren, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1961
   the oath was recited by   
John F. Kennedy
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Earl Warren, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1965
   the oath was recited by   
Lyndon B. Johnson
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Earl Warren, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1969
   the oath was recited by   
Richard M. Nixon
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Earl Warren, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1973
   the oath was recited by   
Richard M. Nixon
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1977
   the oath was recited by   
James E. Carter
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1981
   the oath was recited by   
Ronald W. Reagan
West Front, U.S. Capitol by Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1985
   the oath was recited by   
Ronald W. Reagan
Privately in North Entrance Hall, White House by Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1989
   the oath was recited by   
George H. W. Bush
West Front, U.S. Capitol by William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1993
   the oath was recited by   
William J. Clinton
West Front, U.S. Capitol by William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 1997
   the oath was recited by   
William J. Clinton
West Front, U.S. Capitol by William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 2001
   the oath was recited by   
George W. Bush
West Front, U.S. Capitol by William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 2005
   the oath was recited by   
George W. Bush
West Front, U.S. Capitol by William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 20, 2009
   the oath was recited by   
Barack Obama
West Front, U.S. Capitol by John Roberts, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 21, 1957
   the oath was recited by   
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Publicly on East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Earl Warren, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
January 21, 1985
   the oath was recited by   
Ronald W. Reagan
Publicly in Rotunda, U.S. Capitol by Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
July 10, 1850
   the oath was recited by   
Millard Fillmore
House Chamber, U.S. Capitol by William Cranch, Chief Judge of U.S. Circuit Court
March 3, 1877
   the oath was recited by   
Rutherford B. Hayes
Privately in Red Room, White House by Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1793
   the oath was recited by   
George Washington
Senate Chamber, Congress Hall, Philadelphia by William Cushing, Associate Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1797
   the oath was recited by   
John Adams
House of Representatives Chamber, Congress Hall, Philadelphia by Oliver Ellsworth, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1801
   the oath was recited by   
Thomas Jefferson
Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol by John Marshall, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1805
   the oath was recited by   
Thomas Jefferson
Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol by John Marshall, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1809
   the oath was recited by   
James Madison
House Chamber, U.S. Capitol by John Marshall, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1813
   the oath was recited by   
James Madison
House Chamber, U.S. Capitol by John Marshall, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1817
   the oath was recited by   
James Monroe
In front of Old Brick Capitol (1st & A Sts., N.E.); now site of the Supreme Court Building by John Marshall, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1825
   the oath was recited by   
John Quincy Adams
House Chamber, U.S. Capitol by John Marshall, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1829
   the oath was recited by   
Andrew Jackson
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by John Marshall, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1833
   the oath was recited by   
Andrew Jackson
House Chamber, U.S. Capitol by John Marshall, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1837
   the oath was recited by   
Martin Van Buren
East Portico, U.S. Capitol -- Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1841
   the oath was recited by   
William Henry Harrison
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1845
   the oath was recited by   
James Knox Polk
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1853
   the oath was recited by   
Franklin Pierce
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1857
   the oath was recited by   
James Buchanan
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1861
   the oath was recited by   
Abraham Lincoln
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1865
   the oath was recited by   
Abraham Lincoln
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1869
   the oath was recited by   
Ulysses S. Grant
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1873
   the oath was recited by   
Ulysses S. Grant
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice
March 4, 1881
   the oath was recited by   
James A. Garfield
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1885
   the oath was recited by   
Grover Cleveland
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1889
   the oath was recited by   
Benjamin Harrison
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1893
   the oath was recited by   
Grover Cleveland
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1897
   the oath was recited by   
William McKinley
In front of the Original Senate Wing, U.S. Capitol by Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1901
   the oath was recited by   
William McKinley
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1905
   the oath was recited by   
Theodore Roosevelt
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1909
   the oath was recited by   
William Howard. Taft
Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol by Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1913
   the oath was recited by   
Woodrow Wilson
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Edward D. White, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1917
   the oath was recited by   
Woodrow Wilson
Privately in President's Room, U.S. Capitol by Edward D. White, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1921
   the oath was recited by   
Warren G. Harding
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Edward D. White, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1925
   the oath was recited by   
Calvin Coolidge
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by William Howard Taft, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1929
   the oath was recited by   
Herbert C. Hoover
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by William H. Taft, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 4, 1933
   the oath was recited by   
Franklin D. Roosevelt
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Charles E. Hughes, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 5, 1821
   the oath was recited by   
James Monroe
House Chamber, U.S. Capitol by John Marshall, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 5, 1849
   the oath was recited by   
Zachary Taylor
East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 5, 1877
   the oath was recited by   
Rutherford B. Hayes
Publicly on East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
March 5, 1917
   the oath was recited by   
Woodrow Wilson
Publicly on East Portico, U.S. Capitol by Edward D. White, Chief Justice of Supreme Court
November 22, 1963
   the oath was recited by   
Lyndon B. Johnson
Conference room aboard Air Force One at Love Field, Dallas, Texas by Sarah T. Hughes, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Texas
September 14, 1901
   the oath was recited by   
Theodore Roosevelt
Ansley Wilcox residence, Buffalo, New York by John R. Hazel, U.S. District Judge for Western District of New York
September 20, 1881
   the oath was recited by   
Chester A. Arthur
Privately at his residence, 123 Lexington Avenue, New York City by John R. Brady, Justice of the New York State Supreme Court
September 22, 1881
   the oath was recited by   
Chester A. Arthur
Publicly in the Office of the Vice President, U.S. Capitol by Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of Supreme Court


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Allan R. Matthes








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