TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — On Tuesday morning, Governor Ron DeSantis swore the oath to protect the Florida Constitution for a second time. His right hand was raised, and his left hand was resting on a piece of American history – the Aitken Bible.
This historic Bible was endorsed by Congress in 1777 and printed by Robert Aitken in 1782. Considered one of the world’s rarest books, it is owned by conservative commentator Glenn Beck. He also owns another iconic book, Mary Todd Lincoln’s Bible.
According to Glenn Beck, the Aitken Bible was authorized to be printed by George Washington and Congress because after the war, it was difficult to get Bibles from Great Britain, where they usually were printed. Today, there are only seven Aitken Bibles in existence.
"I offered Gov. DeSantis the use of these Bibles for his use at his oath of office ceremony in Florida, as I believe his work in the state has real historic significance. It is the beginning of a renewal of the principles for which our Founders fought," Beck told The Blaze.