Pierce was the first
President to affirm the oath of office, rather than swear
Pierce's Vice President did not attend the Inagural ceremonies. He was very ill and and had gone to Cuba to try to recover at the time of the Inauguration, and was sworn into office there on March 24, 1853. He died on April 18, 1853, one day after returning to his home in Alabama.
For more images of Pierce's Inauguration, visit the Senate Curator's Inaugural exhibit.