Two different Bibles will be used for the swearing in of President-elect Donald Trump at the Inauguration Ceremony on Friday. One was the same Bible used by Abraham Lincoln during his first inauguration when he became the 16thPresident of the United States. The other is Mr. Trump’s very own personal Bible that was a gift from his mother many years ago.
Presidential Inauguration Committee Chairman Tom Barrack shared in a statement, “In his first inaugural address, President Lincoln appealed to the 'better angels of our nature.” As he (Donald Trump) takes the same oath of office 156 years later, President-elect Trump is humbled to place his hand on Bibles that hold special meaning both to his family and to our country."
The "Lincoln Bible" was originally purchased for Lincoln's first inauguration by Supreme Court clerk William Thomas Carroll and has been used for three different inauguration ceremonies, including Lincoln's inauguration in 1861 and President Barack Obama's inaugurations in 2009 and 2013.
The other Bible that will be a part of the ceremony was a gift from Trump’s mother, given when he graduated from Sunday Church Primary School at First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, New York in June of 1955.
He shares in a campaign video about the Bible as he thanks evangelical supporters, “My mother gave me this Bible -- this very Bible -- many years ago. In fact, it's her writing right here (on the inside cover). She wrote my name and my address and it's just very special to me. I want to thank the evangelicals. I will never let you down."
According to a report by a representative from the Inauguration Committee, the two Bibles will be stacked on top of each other when Trump takes his oath of office.
Vice-President Elect Mike Pence will be sworn in using the Reagan Family Bible, the same one that President Ronald Reagan used to take his oaths of office as the 40th President of the United States. This will be the first time since Reagan used it, that his Bible will be used for an inauguration.
Pence stated, "It will be my honor to take the Oath of Office to defend our Constitution from a man who has dedicated his life to the same noble pursuit.”
Notably, Mr. Pence will have the Bible open to this chapter and verse when he is sworn into office:
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14