Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was sworn in with 9 family bibles, here are the stories behind them

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was sworn in with 9 family bibles, here are the stories behind them
Fran DeWine explains the nine family bibles before her husband Gov.-elect Mike DeWine takes his oath of office on, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Cedarville, Ohio. The former U.S. senator took his oath in a private midnight ceremony at his Cedarville home ahead of a public inauguration planned Monday at the Statehouse. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, Pool) (John Minchillo)

COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - Mike DeWine was sworn in as Ohio Governor from his home in Cedarville in a short ceremony Monday.

The 72-year-old statesman is now the 70th Governor in state history but the most noteworthy news is how the political family did it.

DeWine received the oath from his son, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine, while First Lady Fran stood next to her husband holding a stack of nine family bibles.

Each bible has a family connection:

  • 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 go 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

Following the ceremony DeWine signed off on 6 executive orders.

DeWine will have a public inauguration with Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Monday at noon.

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