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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams.
James Barton Longacre, engraver;
ca. 1825.
Prints and Photographs Division.

Inauguration - March 4, 1825


  • John Quincy Adams was the first to wear long trousers, rather than knee breeches.
  • According to his own version of his Inauguration, Adams read the oath of office from a volume of laws. As noted in his Diary, Volume 33, 4 March 1825: External Link “I pronounced from a Volume of the Laws, held up to me by John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States, the Oath faithfully to execute the Office of President of the United States, and to the best of my ability, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Adams' version is supported by newspaper reports of the day, including an account in the Niles' Weekly Register,External Link March 12, 1825, which states, "The president elect then descended from the chair, and placing himself on the right hand of the judges’ table, received, from the chief justice, a volume of the laws of the United States, from which he read, in a loud and clear voice, the oath of office."









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* This information is based on a compilation by the Office of the Curator, Architect of the Capitol, Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, from contemporary accounts and other sources. Additional research provided by Library of Congress staff.

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