Bible in Obama inauguration on display

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January 22, 2013|By Dave Rosenthal

Millions of people got a long-distance view of the "Lincoln Bible," one of those used by President Barack Obama for his second inauguration on Monday. Starting tomorrow, you can get a closer look at the velvet-covered Bible that was used for Abraham Lincoln's oath of office in 1861.

The Library of Congress will put the Bible on display from Wednesday, Jan. 23 through Monday, Feb. 18, in the exhibition “The Civil War in America.”

The 1,280-page Bible was provided to Lincoln by William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the Supreme Court, because the president’s family Bible was packed with other belongings en route to Washington, the Library of Congress said in a statement.

According to the Library of Congress, the Bible, published in 1853 by the Oxford University Press, is about four-by-six inches in size. The cover has a shield, made of gold wash over white metal, with the words “Holy Bible” engraved into it. In the back, along with the seal of the Supreme Court, are the words: “I, William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the said court do hereby certify that the preceding copy of the Holy Bible is that upon which the Honble. R. B. Taney, Chief Justice of the said Court, administered to His Excellency, Abraham Lincoln, the oath of office as President of the United States. . .”

Obama used the Lincoln Bible at his first inauguration. Monday, Obama used it along with a Bible once owned by the Rev. Martin Luther King. 

Other important documents included in the Library of Congress' Civil War exhibition are the final draft of Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address and his first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

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