Second inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant
Grant taking the oath of office.
|Date||March 4, 1873|
United States Capitol
|Participants||President Ulysses S. Grant
Vice President Henry Wilson
The second inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant as President of the United States was held on March 4, 1873. The inauguration marked the commencement of the second four-year term of Ulysses S. Grant as President and the only term of Henry Wilson as Vice President. Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase administered the presidential oath of office. This was one of the coldest inaugurations in US history, and the inaugural ball ended early when the food froze. Wilson died 2 years, 263 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.)
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