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Harry Truman

Harry Truman

Early in the afternoon of April 13, 1945, Harry Truman met reporters in a hallway at the Capitol. "Boys," he said, "if you ever pray, pray for me know. I don't know whether you fellows ever had a load of hay fall on you, but when they told me yesterday what had happened, I felt […]

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

On March 4, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt took the oath of office to become the thirty-second President, the last to be inaugurated so long after the election. By virtue of the Twentieth Amendment, the President's term in the future would begin at noon on January 20. Each time FDR took the oath, the Dutch Bible, […]

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover

Following Calvin Coolidge to office was a man with a marvelous resume and terrible luck. Though widely and highly regarded for his administrative success organizing humanitarian efforts during World War One and for service as Secretary of Commerce in two administrations, Herbert Hoover's name wold become linked to newspaper blankets…

Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge

"I have faith that God will direct the destinies of the nation." So said Calvin Coolidge in his official statement the day after Warren Harding died. "I think I can swing it," he is reported to have said immediately after taking the oath. Calvin Coolidge was the second Vice President in the 20th century to […]

Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding

"What does the Lord require of thee, but to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." These words from the prophet Micah (6:8), claimed so long before by Governor John Winthrop as the underlying philosophy of his city-on-a-hill society, lay beneath the hand of Warren G. Harding as he became the […]

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

The League of Nations and Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points are excellent examples of America's desire to apply the rule of law to international affairs. How fitting, then that when Woodrow Wilson bent to kiss the Bible following the oath of office in 1913, his lips touched the following words from Psalms 119: "So shall I […]

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft took the oath of office in 1909 as the 27th President. His left hand rested on a Bible, much to the surprise of many. The Bible was opened to 1 Kings 3:9-11: "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between the good and the […]

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

"For unto whom much is given, of him shall much be required…" (Luke 12:48) Theodore Roosevelt lived is life believing that much had been given to him. Equally powerful was his belief that he had much to give back to the world. In deftly aligning his own will with the aims of the nation, Roosevelt […]

William McKinley

William McKinley

The campaign of 1896 featured a candidate who made one of the most famous religious allusions in American political history. William Jennings Bryan, later the defender of a literal interpretation of the Bible in the Scopes trial, proclaimed that he would not "be crucified on a cross of gold," as he advocated for the monetization […]

Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison

"God has placed upon our heads a diadem and has laid at our feet power and wealth beyond definition and calculation. But we must not forget that we take these gifts upon the condition that justice and mercy shall still hold the reins of power." So proclaimed Benjamin Harrison in his Inaugural Address. March 4, […]