FIRST Congress, Session I.


An Act to regulate the time and manner of administering certain oaths.


          Section 1.  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the oath or affirmation required by the sixth article of the Constitution of the United States shall be administered in the form following, to wit: "I, A. B., do solemnly swear, or affirm, (as the case may be,) that I will support the Constitution of the United States."



          Sec. 4.  And be it further enacted, That all officers appointed, or hereafter to be appointed, under the authority of the United States, shall, before they act in their respective offices, take the same oath or affirmation, which shall be administered by the person or persons who shall be authorized by law to administer to such officers their respective oaths of office; and such officers shall incur the same penalties, in case of failure, as shall be imposed by law in case of failure in taking their respective oaths of office.


          Approved, June 1, 1789.