The Inauguration Room

26 Wall St New York

Federal Hall National Memorial/The Inauguration Room
National Park Service
Written By National Park Service

Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. National Parks in New York City? Yes! There are 11 parks with a total of 23 different sites you can visit in all five boroughs and parts of New Jersey.

This is the inauguration room, where the words “Long Live George Washington, president of the United States,” first rang out. Check out the piece of wrought iron railing in this room. This is from the balcony where George Washington took his oath of office. Chancellor of New York Robert Livingston conducted the ceremony.

The First Inaugural Bible is located in this room. The inauguration almost didn’t happen that day, because it was discovered that a holy bible had not been supplied. This led to a frantic last-minute search to find one. The Bible has been used in the inaugurations of Presidents Warren G. Harding, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush. At the moment of Washington's inauguration, a 13-gun salute echoed throughout the streets as the large crowd erupted into applause.

See how the first inauguration set precedents still followed today in this historic re-enactment.

Federal Hall National Memorial

The Inauguration Room

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