First inauguration of Richard Nixon

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First presidential inauguration of Richard Nixon
Chief Justice Warren administered
the oath of office to Nixon
DateJanuary 20, 1969; 55 years ago (1969-01-20)
LocationUnited States Capitol,
Washington, D.C.
Organized byJoint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
ParticipantsRichard Nixon
37th president of the United States
— Assuming office

Earl Warren
Chief Justice of the United States
— Administering oath

Spiro Agnew
39th vice president of the United States
— Assuming office

Everett Dirksen
United States Senate minority leader
— Administering oath
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The first inauguration of Richard Nixon as the 37th president of the United States was held on Monday, January 20, 1969, at the East Portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. This was the 46th inauguration and marked the commencement of the first and eventually only full term of both Richard Nixon as president and Spiro Agnew as vice president. Chief Justice Earl Warren administered the presidential oath of office to Nixon, and Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen administered the vice presidential oath to Agnew.[1][2] Nixon had narrowly defeated Hubert Humphrey, the incumbent vice president, in the presidential election. Nixon became the first non-incumbent vice president to be inaugurated as president, something that would not happen again until Joe Biden in 2021. This was also the last presidential oath administered by Chief Justice Warren.

Inaugural address[edit]

Presidents Johnson and Nixon
Four vice presidents were present at the inauguration. From left to right: outgoing president Lyndon B. Johnson (the 37th vice president), incoming president Richard Nixon (36th), Senate minority leader Everett Dirksen who was administering the oath of office to 39th vice president Spiro Agnew, and the outgoing vice president Hubert Humphrey (38th).

Nixon delivered an inaugural address, after taking his oath of office.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "46TH INAUGURAL CEREMONIES". United States Senate. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "President Richard Nixon's Inauguration". National Archives Video Collection. 15 May 2016. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved 15 May 2017 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "First Inaugural Address of Richard Milhous Nixon". Lillian Goldman Law Library. 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  4. ^ AP Archive (21 July 2015). "Inauguration of President Richard M Nixon 1969, Part 4". Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved 15 May 2017 – via YouTube.


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