Location of Swearing In of President Lyndon B. Johnson (Dallas, TX)
On November 22nd, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in approximately 128 minutes later aboard Air Force One. Lady Bird Johnson and Jacqueline Kennedy witnessed the first female Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes administer the Oath of Office to Lyndon B. Johnson as the plane sat at Dallas Love Field, awaiting to return President Kennedy’s body to Washington, DC.
The swearing-in of President Johnson took only 28 seconds. This was the first and only time a U.S. President was sworn in aboard a Presidential aircraft. Questions concerning the line of Presidential succession led to the creation of the 25th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The succession of power occurs rarely in modern history. It was first used 10 years later as Congressman Gerald R. Ford was appointed Vice President after Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned his office. Emmy Award winning Historian Farris Rookstool, III hired A.R.K. Ramos to cast two bronze markers commemorating the exact location where President Lyndon B.Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One.