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!

Engage with the Bible—in its influence in the history of a nation!

Sign up to receive The Book in your inbox daily at museumofthebible.org/thebook!

Share

More Book Minute Features

July 16, 2018

The Law of Moses for Children

When you think of your child beginning to read the Bible, what book of the Bible would you start with? Did you know that Jewish children begin their B...
July 13, 2018

Stealing the Gutenberg Bible

It became an “impossible” mission when a thief attempting to steal a Gutenberg Bible lost his grip and fell six stories to the ground below. In 1969,...
July 12, 2018

Biblically-Named Cities

Did you know that 27 countries of the world have a city called St. James or Santiago—meaning St. James? Or that more than 150 American cities are name...

Click to Expand