|Date||January 20, 1973|
United States Capitol
|Participants||President Richard Nixon |
Vice President Spiro Agnew
The second inauguration of Richard Nixon as President of the United States was held on January 20, 1973 at the eastern portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.. The inauguration marked the commencement of the second term of Richard Nixon as President and the second term of Spiro Agnew as Vice President. Chief Justice Warren E. Burger administered the Oath of office to the President and the oath of office to the Vice President.
Agnew resigned from office 263 days into this term, and was succeeded by Gerald Ford (in accordance with Section 2 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment). Nixon resigned 1 year, 201 days into the term, and was succeeded by Ford.
Just 4 weeks after the death of 33rd President Harry S. Truman, former 36th president Lyndon B. Johnson, whom Nixon replaced in the White House since January 1969, who died of a heart attack at the age of 64, two days after the Nixon's second inauguration. Johnson thus became the sixth president who died during his immediate successor's administration, following George Washington (1799), James K. Polk (1849), Andrew Johnson (1875), Chester A. Arthur (1886) and Calvin Coolidge (1933), who died during the administrations of John Adams, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland (1st term), and Herbert Hoover, respectively. Many of the ceremonies that the Armed Forces Inauguration Committee had planned during the ten days had to be canceled to allow for a full state funeral.
Many of the military men who participated in the inauguration took part in the funeral. Johnson's casket traveled the entire length of the Capitol, entering through the Senate wing when taken into the rotunda to lie in state, and exiting through the House wing; this was due to construction on the East Front steps.