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The Foundation is presently undergoing a significant research project into the entire history of the George Washington Inaugural Bible and its use throughout literally American history.  The Bible has played a large role in many important events throughout time that many citizens are unaware of.  Here is but a small sample and we will continue to refresh this page as we uncover more history.  

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  • 1770 Donated to St. John's Lodge by Jonathan Hampton.
  • 1787 Used in the first Inauguration by President George Washington.
  • 1793 Used in the laying of the cornerstone of the Capitol Building by George Washington.
  • 1799 Present at the funeral procession of President George Washington.
  • 1850 Present at the funeral ceremonies for President Zachary Taylor.
  • 1865 Present at City Hall in New York City as President Abraham Lincoln lie in state. 
  • 1867 Viewed by President Andrew Johnson in Boston, MA.
  • 1867 Used in the dedication of the Grand Lodge Building in Boston, MA.
  • 1869 Used in the dedication of the Grand Lodge Building in Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1874 Used by His Royal Highness King David Kalakaua of Hawaii after taking his Third Degree Obligation.
  • 1884 Present at the cornerstone laying of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
  • 1885 Used in the laying of the cornerstone of the Washington Monument in 1885.
  • 1890 Used in the laying of the cornerstone of the Washington Arch in New York City.
  • 1919 Viewed by Edward, Prince of Wales (Later King Edward VIII) when he was visiting New York and he was presented with a miniature for his collection.  He signed a second copy which is in possession of the Lodge.
  • 1921 Used in the Inauguration of President Warren Harding.
  • 1923 The laying of the cornerstone of the Washington Masonic Memorial Building in Alexandria, VA.
  • 1953 Used in the Inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • 1964 Displayed at the prominent World's Fair in Queens, New York.
  • 1973 Displayed at the White House during the second Inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon.
  • 1977 Used in the Inauguration of President James E. Carter.
  • 1989 Used in the Inauguration of President George H.W. Bush.
  • 1993 Used in the re-dedication of the cornerstone laying of the Capitol Building.
  • 1998 Used in the re-dedication of the cornerstone laying of the Washington Monument.
  • 2001 Brought to Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of George W. Bush but not used due to inclement weather.
  • 2017 Brought to the National Archives Building in Washington, DC to commemorate the Presidential Inauguration. 
  • 2017 Brought to the Smithsonian Museum of American History to be part of their Religion in Early America exhibit and events.
Mo Rocca reports on the very first presidential inauguration ceremony held for George Washington, and how it set precedents that last to this day.

The Washington Bible in Tulsa, OK.

Jan. 20, 1989: Inaugural Ceremonies for George H.W. Bush

Jan. 20, 1977: Inaugural Ceremonies for Jimmy Carter.