The Presbyterian Historical Society’s website includes some interesting information about US Presidents and their connection to Presbyterianism. In 1913, Presbyterian elder Woodrow Wilson became President of the United States. The former president of Princeton University came from a long line of Presbyterian ministers and elders. Andrew Jackson, born of Scotch-Irish roots in South Carolina, worshiped at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, in his later years. James Buchanan was raised Presbyterian and joined a Presbyterian church after his presidency. His successor, Abraham Lincoln, often worshiped at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. Grover Cleveland, son of a Presbyterian pastor, served as President for two terms (1884-1888; 1892-1896) and was defeated in 1888 after his first term by Benjamin
Harrison. Several years after he left the White House, Harrison published a book entitled This Country ofOurs. Theformer President’s book reads like an expanded Sunday school lesson, which comes as no surprise considering Harrison was a Presbyterian elder and former Sunday school teacher.
Twelve days after taking the oath of office, Dwight Eisenhower was baptized and became a member of National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., and later joined the Presbyterian Church in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Ronald Reagan began worshiping in a Presbyterian church in 1963 and joined Bel Air Presbyterian church after his presidency.
No matter who occupies the White House, the Bible urges us to offer “supplication, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings…for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.” (I Timothy 1:1-2) That is why our congregational prayers often include prayers for our political leaders. Monday, May 4, has been designated at a National Day of Prayer for our country and its leaders. The church will be open from 11AM until 1PM for those who wish to come to our sanctuary to offer prayer. Each of us has a Christian duty to pray for our country, our leaders, and the world Christ came to save, and I encourage you to participate in the National Day of Prayer.