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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson portrait
[Lyndon B. Johnson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left].
[June 1964].
Prints and Photographs Division.

Oath of Office - November 22, 1963 | Second Inauguration - January 20, 1965

Oath of Office - November 22, 1963


  • Johnson assumed the Presidency upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.
  • First time a woman administered the oath of office (U.S. District Judge Sarah T. Hughes swore in Johnson on Air Force One).
  • First and only time a President took the oath of office on an airplane.









Johnson taking oath
Johnson taking oath.
Cecil Stoughton, photographer; November 22, 1963.
Prints and Photographs Division.

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Second Inauguration - January 20, 1965

  • Security for Johnson's Inauguration was tight following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. For the first time, the President rode in a bullet-proofed limousine


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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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