First to speak was Tim Kaine, her failed running mate.
His voice trembling with emotion, he said she was 'a great history-maker' as he listed her achievements 'as a woman'.
'She made history as the first major party presidential nominee and last night won the popular vote,' he said.
Thank you so very much for being here - and I love you all too.
The race finally came to an end this morning as Hillary Clinton phoned him at 2.30am to concede she had lost.
She made the private call shortly after sending her campaign chairman to give her supporters exactly the opposite message, that it was not over - a humiliating and bizarre end to a political career which had put her on the verge of being the first female president.
'I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans - and this is so important to me.' He later tweeted: 'A beautiful and important evening', inset.
Trump accepted the mantle of leadership with uncharacteristic humility.
'Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division,' he began his victory speech just before 3am.