The inauguration of Herbert Hoover took place on March 4, 1929 marking the beginning of his tenure as the 31st President of the United States and the tenure of Charles Curtis as Vice President. Chief Justice and former president William H. Taft administered the Oath of office This was the first time a Presidential inauguration to be recorded by sound newsreels. This was also the second (and, to date, last) time that a former President administered the oath of office to a new President.
The United States Constitution gives the President the option of either swearing the oath or affirming it. Hoover is often listed as having used "affirm" due to being a Quaker, but the newsreel taken of the ceremony indicates that the words used were "solemnly swear." Franklin Pierce was the only president known to use the word "affirm" rather than "swear."
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