On What Did They Solemnly Swear?

President, Inauguration Year Bible & Passage Quote
Theodore Roosevelt
James 1:22-23 "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
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William Howard Taft
I Kings 3:9-11 "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad."
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Woodrow Wilson
Psalm 119 "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord."
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Woodrow Wilson
Privately, not known; publicly, Psalm 46 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
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Warren G. Harding
Micah 6:8, Washington Bible "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
Calvin Coolidge
John 1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
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Herbert C. Hoover
Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1933, 1937, 1941, 1945
I Corinthians 13 "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal."
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Harry S. Truman
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Harry S. Truman
Matthew 5:3-11, Exodus 20:3-17 "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
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"Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
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