First inauguration of William McKinley

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First Presidential Inauguration of William McKinley
McKinley sworn in.jpeg
Chief Justice Melville Fuller administering the oath to McKinley as President in 1897. Out-going President Grover Cleveland stands to the right.
Date March 4, 1897; 121 years ago (1897-03-04)
Location Washington, D.C.
U.S. Capitol
Participants President William McKinley
Vice President Garret Hobart

The first inauguration of William McKinley as the 25th President of the United States took place on Thursday, March 4, 1897. The inauguration marked the commencement of the first four-year term of William McKinley as President and the only term of Garret Hobart as Vice President. Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller administered the presidential oath of office. This was the first inauguration to be recorded on film.[1] Hobart died 2 years, 262 days into this term, and the office remained vacant for the balance of it. (Prior to ratification of the Twenty-fifth Amendment in 1967, no constitutional provision existed for filling an intra-term vacancy in the vice presidency.)


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  1. ^ "Inauguration of William McKinley,1897". Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Archived from the original on 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 

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