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Vice-President Andrew Johnson takes the oath as seventeenth President of the United States

Andrew Johnson, detail
04/15/1865
Former Vice-President Andrew Johnson took the oath of office as President of the United States at ten in the morning in his rooms at the Kirkwood House in Washington, D.C.. Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase administered the oath and the gathering looking on included the Attorney-General, the Secretary of the Treasury, and half a dozen U.S. Senators. The ceremony was brief and included just a few remarks from the new chief executive. An emergency cabinet meeting followed at the Treasury Building. (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
"The New President: Inauguration of Andrew Johnson.," New York Times, April 17, 1865, p. 1.
Hans L. Trefousse, "Johnson, Andrew," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/04/04-00566.html.
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