Second inauguration of George Washington

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Second Presidential Inauguration of George Washington
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Washington's inauguration at Philadelphia
by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
Date March 4, 1793; 221 years ago (1793-03-04)
Location Philadelphia
Congress Hall
Participants George Washington

The second inauguration of George Washington as the first President of the United States took place in the Senate Chamber of Congress Hall in Philadelphia on March 4, 1793. The inauguration marked the commencement of the second four-year term of George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice President. It was the first to take place in the "City of Brotherly Love" and also the first on the date fixed by the Continental Congress for inaugurations. Before an assembly of congressmen, Cabinet officers, judges of the federal and district courts, foreign officials, and a small gathering of Philadelphians, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States William Cushing administered the oath of office.

Inaugural address[edit]

The President gave the shortest inaugural address ever given.

Fellow Citizens:

I am again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate. When the occasion proper for it shall arrive, I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people of united America.

Previous to the execution of any official act of the President the Constitution requires an oath of office. This oath I am now about to take, and in your presence: That if it shall be found during my administration of the Government I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions thereof, I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.

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