Presidential Inaugurations and the Bible: Harry S. Truman

On January 20, 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated for an unprecedented fourth term as President.

Just eighty-three days later, on April 12, radio programs across the country were interrupted as Vice President Harry S. Truman became the nation's thirty-second President.

As he took the oath of office, President Truman’s hand rested on two Bibles: the one used at his swearing-in ceremony, opened to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5; and a copy of the Gutenberg Bible, opened to the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20!

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