First inauguration of James Madison

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First Presidential Inauguration of James Madison
James Madison.jpg
DateMarch 4, 1809; 209 years ago (1809-03-04)
LocationUnited States Capitol,
Washington, D.C.
ParticipantsPresident of the United States, James Madison
Assuming office
Chief Justice of the United States,
John Marshall
Administering oath
Vice President of the United States
George Clinton
Assuming office

The first inauguration of James Madison as the fourth President of the United States was held on Saturday, March 4, 1809, in the chamber of the House of Representatives at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.. The inauguration marked the commencement of the first four-year term of James Madison as President and the second term of George Clinton as Vice President. The presidential oath was administered by Chief Justice John Marshall. The President wore a 100% American-made wool suit, and the first official inaugural ball occurred at Long's Hotel, with ticket prices being $4 (currently about $63).[1] Clinton died 3 years, 47 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.)

Inaugural Address[edit]

On March 4, 1809, James Madison gave his Inaugural Address and was sworn into office as the fourth president of the United States of America. He addressed the nation on how he felt. Madison felt honor and responsibility in a way he could not express when elected president. He acknowledged that the United States is a country with a great deal of issues and difficulties, and the pressure of that hit him hard. He also mentions how great the United States was and how far it has come as a country in a short period of time.

He informed the people that the country was trying to make peace and have good relations with all nations, especially with belligerent nations. He wanted to remain a neutral country as Americans progressed and built their nation. He mentioned that the US had one too many bloody and wasteful wars. "It has been the true glory of the United States to cultivate peace by observing justice."

Madison promised to meet with United States councils to make safeguards and to honor its essential interest with other nations. He wanted to build up and fund a strong military and militia, to defend the republic and the rights of the people.

Madison ended his speech with gratitude towards people in the past who had done so much for the United States, and wished the best for the future of this young thriving country.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "President James Madison, 1809". Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Archived from the original on 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  2. ^ "The First Inaugural Address of President James Madison". The University of Oklahoma College of Law. Retrieved 11 November 2016.

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