Presidential Swearing-In Ceremony

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
— Presidential oath of office, Article II, Section 1, United States Constitution

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Answer the questions below using complete sentences on your own paper.

Part 1
1. When and where was the Oath of Office established?
2. What does it require Presidents to say and do?

Part 2
3. Where did the second swearing in ceremony take place?
4. Why was it there?
5. When did the government move to Washington D.C.?
6. Who was the first president inaugurated in the new capital? What was the date?

Part 3
7. Where did Andrew Jackson take the oath of office?

Part 4
8. Where were the last four presidents inaugurated?
9. Why was it held there?

Part 5
10. How many times has a president died in office?

Part 6
11. Where did Lyndon Johnson take the oath of office? Why?
12. What was different about Gerald Ford’s oath than any other presidential oath? (You will have to read carefully and think to answer this question.)

After taking the oath of office, the President delivers his Inaugural address
13. Who started the custom of delivering an address on Inauguration Day?
14. Who gave the longest inauguration speech?
15. Why was his presidency so short? How long was it?
16. In paragraph five, Lincoln is quoted. In your own words, explain what Lincoln was saying.
17. What is Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous quote?
18. Why do you think Roosevelt said what he did?
19. What is John Kennedy's famous quote?
20. What do you think he meant?