Presidential inauguration of
John Adams
John Adams
DateMarch 4, 1797; 224 years ago (1797-03-04)
LocationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Congress Hall
ParticipantsJohn Adams
2nd President of the United States
— Assuming office

Oliver Ellsworth
Chief Justice of the United States
— Administering oath

Thomas Jefferson
2nd Vice President of the United States
— Assuming office
William Bingham
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
— Administering oath
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The inauguration of John Adams as the second president of the United States was held on Saturday, March 4, 1797, in the House of Representatives Chamber of Congress Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The inauguration marked the commencement of the only four-year term of John Adams as president and of Thomas Jefferson as vice president. The presidential oath of office was administered to John Adams by Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth. Adams was the first president to receive the oath of office from a Chief Justice of the United States,[1] and the first head of state to peacefully and legally succeed to office from a living predecessor since Louis I of Spain in 1724.

See also


  1. ^ "The 3rd Presidential Inauguration, John Adams, March 04, 1797". U.S. Senate. Retrieved July 5, 2021.