Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies Inaugural Web Site. January 20, 2009; Printed from

President James Monroe, 1821

Vice President Daniel D. Tompkins
Inauguration Date Monday, March 5, 1821
Location House chamber, U.S. Capitol
Oath Administered By: John Marshall, Chief Justice
Bible Used: Unknown
Length of Inaugural Address:

4,456 words

Attire (what the president wore): Black broadcloth suit, with shoe and knee buckles
Weather: Snow began on Saturday evening, March 3, making Washington snowbound by Sunday afternoon. It continued through Inauguration day forcing Monroe to take his oath of office in the House chamber.
Precedents, "firsts" or other interesting information: Monroe's Inauguration was the first March 4 to fall on a Sunday. Monroe decided to hold the Inaugural ceremony on Monday, March 5, after consulting with Supreme Court justices.