“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

Inaugural Acknowledgements

George Washington Inauguration

George Washington Inauguration

American Minute from William J. Federer

Until 1937, MARCH 4th was Inauguration Day.

Each President acknowledged faith upon assuming office, for example, President John Adams in 1797 gave: “Veneration for the religion of a people who profess and call themselves Christians…to consider a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for the public service.”

In 1809, President James Madison referred to the: “Guidance of that Almighty Being.”

President John Quincy Adams stated in 1825: “‘Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain.'”

In 1841, President William Harrison said: “I deem the present occasion sufficiently important…in expressing to my fellow citizens a profound reverence for the Christian religion.”

President Franklin Pierce, in 1853, stated: “There is no national security but in the nation’s humble, acknowledged dependence upon God.”

President James Buchanan, 1857, said: “Cultivate peace…with all nations…in a spirit of Christian benevolence.”

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln wrote: “Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulty.”

President Calvin Coolidge said in 1925: “America…cherishes no purpose save to merit the favor of Almighty God.”

William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousand on the internet.

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