On his tenth anniversary as President of the U.S., Franklin Roosevelt said Amen to a prayer. He did not have the prayer said in strictest privacy, but in the East Room of the White House. And there to say Amen with him were the men & women of high rank in Washington: 250 Cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, Congressional leaders, generals and admirals. It was a ritual the President has observed every March 4 since 1933.

The President's head was bowed as Navy Chaplain Frank R. Wilson, onetime rector of Franklin Roosevelt's own St. James...

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