Fifty years ago, on Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy delivered his Inaugural Address as the 35th President of the United States.
Kennedy spoke on a bitterly cold day in Washington, D.C., yet the setting was filled with cheers and hope for the future.
Life.com sent a handful of photographers to chronicle the inauguration, though some of those photos never ran.
Have a look at some of the amazing unpublished images from 50 years ago below. You can find the full gallery at LIFE.com.
Photos courtesy of LIFE.com.