Washington's Oath of Office Sculpture
George Washington Taking the Presidential Oath of Office Classic Sculpture.
It was 5 p.m. at Mount Vernon on April 14, 1789, when George Washington received official notification that he had been unanimously elected by the Electoral College to be the first president of the United States. On April 30, the inaugural ceremony took place on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, the 1st U.S. Capitol. The Honorable Robert Livingston, Chancellor of the State of New York, administered the presidential oath of office, after which he shouted "Long Live George Washington, President of the United States!" Resounding cheers rose from the crowds in the streets, followed by a 13 gun salute, one for each state in the Union.
The polyresin sculpture is 5 ¼" tall with a 5 1/8" x 4" black base.
More than one million visitors visit Mount Vernon each year and visit the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. There they can see three forensic models of George Washington as the 19 year-old surveyor, the 45 year-old general at Valley Forge and as the 57 year-old first U.S. President. In a dramatic full-sized re-creation of the second floor balcony at Federal Hall, stands President George Washington, taking the oath of office before dignitaries and an adoring crowd. Visitors can place their hand on an interactive Bible, and repeat the words he spoke during his inauguration.
This sculpture faithfully interprets this dramatic event in our history.