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In God We Trust

May 5, 2015

In 1812 Captain Taylor successfully defended Fort Harrison. In 1837 Colonel Taylor defeated the Seminoles in the Battle of Okeechobee. In 1847 General Taylor won at Buena Vista despite being outnumbered. In 1849 President Taylor faced an enemy he could not fight with military force. He proclaimed August 3 a day of prayer and fasting due to the Cholera Pandemic.

Taylor was not the first President to call for a national day of prayer, nor would he be the last.  Washington had done so in 1795. In 1863 Lincoln would endorse a Congressional resolution calling for a day of prayer and fasting.

In 1952 both houses of Congress unanimously passed a bill which called for the President to declare a National Day of Prayer. President Truman signed this bill into law.

Thursday May 7, 2015 is the National Day of Prayer.

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