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July 18, 2019

--This summer Richard W. Reifsnyder is looking at the ways Presbyterianism influenced the life and politics of Theodore Roosevelt, who died 100 years ago. Read Rich's first post on TR, "Presbyterian and Paternal Influences," here. His third post will be available in August.

The language of religion was applied easily to Theodore Roosevelt’s style as President. Although he was initially uncomfortable with what he...

June 11, 2019

“The business of the church is to put us generals out of business.” 

This quotation from the May 1, 1969 issue of Presbyterian Life comes from none other than Dwight David Eisenhower, five-star general, supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, and 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. While initially religiously unaffiliated, Eisenhower became a devout Presbyterian upon ascending to the presidency. Having experienced the horrors of war up close, his newfound religious faith coincided with his...

June 3, 2019

--by Richard W. Reifsnyder                                                                                                            

“The old lion is dead.” Archie Roosevelt telegrammed these words to his older brother, Kermit, to announce their father’s death in 1919, a hundred years...

January 18, 2017

As inauguration day nears, we thought we'd highlight four items with presidential ties from our Rare Document collection.

1. Woodrow Wilson, President 1913-1921

2. Herbert Hoover, President 1929-1933

3. Franklln D. Roosevelt, President 1933-1945

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July 11, 2016

This year is shaping up to be a historic one for American elections. For Presbyterians, 2016 has already proven memorable.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recently elected its first African American Stated Clerk, J. Herbert Nelson. In the contest for the nation’s presidency, the first woman to be nominated by a major political party faces an opponent who grew up attending a Presbyterian congregation, though some...

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