Column: Pence inauguration as governor touches on Hoosier history




When Mike Pence took the oath to become the 50th governor of Indiana, he placed his hand on an open Bible borrowed from the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. It had been used by Harrison at his own inauguration as the 23rd president of the United States.

When Benjamin Harrison recited his oath in 1889, his hand was on Psalm 121: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.”

As Pence stood on the west steps of the Indiana State House at his inauguration, he took a moment to turn the Harrison Bible to I Kings Chapter 3. This “Wisdom Chapter” of the Old Testament includes verse 9: “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad; for who is able to judge this so great a people?”

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