Every four years, on the Saturday after the second Wednesday in January, Virginia’s three highest elected officials – the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the attorney general – are inaugurated. Witnessing the event will be both houses of the General Assembly, a large company of invited guests, and members of the news media. In a ceremony that has not changed significantly since the 1930s, the new governor and his colleagues will take an oath of office to support and defend the state’s constitution and execute the laws of the commonwealth.
Research, text, and arrangement by Barbara Batson, Exhibitions Coordinator, Education and Programs Department; Roger Christman, State Records Archivist, State Records Department; and Brent Tarter, former editor, Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Editing and assistance from Sonya Coleman, Digital Collections Specialist and Julie Campbell, former editor of Virginia Cavalcade.
Imaging by Paige Buchbinder and Mark Fagerburg, Photo & Digital Imaging Services Department and Roger Christman, State Records.
All images from Manuscripts & Special Collections (Personal Papers Collection and Prints and Photographs Collection) and State Records Collection, Library of Virginia.