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Catholic governor of Ohio is sworn in on a stack of nine Bibles

DEWINE; OHIO; SWEARING IN; BIBLES
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Gov. Mike DeWine took the oath of office while his wife held the nine family Bibles.

Governor Mike DeWine apparently takes the expression “swear on a stack of Bibles” quite literally. At midnight on January 14 he was officially sworn in as Governor of Ohio while placing his hand on a stack of nine family Bibles held by his wife Fran DeWine.

According to USA Today, the governor and first lady, who are practicing Catholics, wanted a Bible to represent each of their eight children. The couple’s son, Ohio Supreme Court Justice R. Patrick DeWine, swore in the governor.

Each Bible holds a place in the DeWine family history. Here is the list provided by DeWine’s office:

  • His late daughter Becky DeWine’s childhood Bible
  • His great-grandmother Gertrude Budd’s Bible
  • His grandmother Ruth Perkins Liddle’s New Testament, given to her by her father, a minister, on her 18th birthday, 100 years ago
  • His grandfather Albert Liddle’s New Testament, issued to him by the United States Navy while he has serving during World War I
  • His Aunt Mickey’s (Elizabeth Ann DeWine Harwood’s) Bible, given to her by her grandmother
  • A New Testament that the Governor and First Lady acquired many years ago in Jerusalem
  • A Study Bible given to the Governor by Lloyd Ogilvie, chaplain of the United States Senate
  • His mother Jean DeWine’s Bible
  • The Governor and First Lady’s Bible that Fran gave to Mike on their 10th wedding anniversary
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