Who has Administered the Oath of Office to the Most U.S. Presidents?

January 6, 2013
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Chief Justice John Roberts will again administer the Oath of Office on Inauguration Day.

Chief Justice John Roberts will again administer the Oath of Office on Inauguration Day.

On January 21st, President Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term in office.  While the Constitution mandates the Oath itself, it does not specify who should administer it.  Typically, the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is chosen, however other judges have also been selected.  Chief Justice John Marshall administered the Oath a record nine times, however they only spanned five different Presidents.  Chief Justice Roger Taney, administered the Oath seven times spanning seven different Presidents:  Van Buren, Harrison, Polk, Taylor, Pierce, Buchanan, and Lincoln.  Justice Taney is also known for his infamous opinion in Dred Scott v Sanford.  U.S. District Court Judge Sarah T. Hughes remains the only woman ever to swear in a President, doing so for Lyndon Johnson on Air Force One after President Kennedy was assassinated.  Chief Justice John Roberts will again administer the Oath of Office at the upcoming inauguration.  The Vice President, too, must take an oath, but its wording is not specified in the Constitution, as it is for the President.  This year, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will administer  the Vice-Presidential Oath of Office.  Justice John Paul Stevens served in that role four years ago, but has since retired.

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