Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Another Archivist Sworn in with Bible

The United States of America, and the 13 colonies before it, have a rich history in the culture of the Bible (despite some statements to the contrary in recent history). Presidents have been sworn in with their hand on a Bible starting with George Washington and continuing through Presidents today.

But is not a practice limited to the grandeur of Presidential inaugurations.The U.S. National Archives' top leader is the "Archivist of the United States." On the Archives website there is an account of the 9th Archivist being sworn in on a Bible in 2005:

Allen Weinstein takes the oath as the ninth Archivist of the United States during a ceremonial swearing in on March 7, 2005, in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, administered the oath. Professor Weinstein’s wife, Adrienne Dominguez holds the Bible. From Prologue (Summer 2005, Vol. 37, No. 2, page 68)

Read more at the National Archives (and see a photo)

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