What Some U.S. Presidents Have Said About the Bible:
George Washington, 1st U.S. President: "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
James Madison, 4th U.S. President: "We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government ... not in the Constitution... (but) upon the capacity of each and every one of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments."
John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. President: "The first and almost only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible...I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once a year."
Andrew Jackson, 7th U.S. President: “That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests"
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good of the Savior of the world is communicated to us through the Book.”
Andrew Johnson, 17th U.S. President: “As for my religion, it is the doctrine of the Bible, as taught and practiced by Jesus Christ.”
Ulysses S. Grant, 18th U.S. President: "Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties. Write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book are we indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future. Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a 2 reproach to any people."
Rutherford Hayes, 19th U.S. President: "The religion of the Bible is the best in the world."
Benjamin Harrison, 23rd U.S. President: "If you take out of your statutes, your constitution, your family life all that is taken from the Sacred Book, what would there be left to bind society together?"
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President: “A thorough understanding of the Bible is better than a college education.”
Woodrow Wilson, 28th U.S. President: “When you have read the Bible, you know it is the word of God, because it is the key to your heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.”
Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. President, "The strength of our country is the strength of its religious convictions. The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."
Herbert Hoover, 31st U.S. President, "As a nation we are indebted to the Book of Books for our national ideals and representative institutions. Their preservation rests in adhering to its principles."
Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President: "We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity."
Harry Truman, 33rd U.S. President: "The fundamental basis of this nation's laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and Saint Matthew, from Isaiah and Saint Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State!"
Dwight Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President: "The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth. The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilization is built upon its words. In no other book is there such a collection of inspired wisdom, reality, and hope."
Jimmy Carter, 39th U.S. President: “For more than 40 years, my wife and I have read the Bible aloud every night. One night, she reads; the next night, I read. We go all the way through the Bible, then we go back and start over again.”
Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President: “Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.”