Cleveland delivering his inaugural address.
|Date||March 4, 1885|
United States Capitol
|Participants||President Grover Cleveland |
Vice President Thomas A. Hendricks
The first inauguration of Grover Cleveland as the 22nd President of the United States was held on Wednesday, March 4, 1885, at the eastern portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.. The inauguration marked the commencement of the first four-year term of Grover Cleveland as President and the only term of Thomas A. Hendricks as Vice President. Hendricks died 266 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.)
Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administered the presidential oath of office, and Cleveland held a Bible given to him at age 15 by his mother as he recited it. Cleveland's second inauguration took place eight years after the first, as his two terms in office were not consecutive. He is the only U.S. president to serve non-consecutive terms.