A Presidential Voice for the Bible

For thousands of people experiencing the Great Depression of the late 20’s and 30s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was thought to be one of the most trusted voices in America.

And on October 6, 1935, FDR brought the nation’s attention to what he called “an event of great significance.”

The event to which he referred to was the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the printing of the first complete English Bible in 1535.

“It would be difficult to appraise the far-reaching influence of this work. . .upon the speech, literature, moral and religious character of our people and their institutions. . .it continues to hold its supreme place as the Book of books. . .I commend its thoughtful and reverent reading to all our people."

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