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Presidential Inaugural Prayers and Sermons of Billy and Franklin Graham



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Date Event
January 20, 1953 Billy Graham attended first inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower
January 20, 1965 Billy Graham preached a sermon to President Lyndon Johnson and invited guests on Inauguration Day, January 20, 1965, at National City Christian Church, Washington, D.C.
January 19-20, 1969 Billy Graham spent the last night of Lyndon Johnson's presidency with the Johnson family in the White House and gave the prayer at the first inauguration of Richard M. Nixon
January 20, 1973 Billy Graham attended the second inauguration of Richard M. Nixon and gave a sermon at a White House worship service. Archbishop Joseph Bernardin and Rabbi Edgar F. Magnin also preached at the service.
January 20, 1981 Billy Graham attended the first inauguration of Ronald W. Reagan and gave the prayer at a private service at St. John Episcopal Church
January 20, 1985 Billy Graham preached a sermon at Washington Cathedral as part of the ceremonies of the second inauguration of Ronald W. Reagan as President. The president was sworn in in a private ceremony at the White House later that day. The public ceremonies were held on the 21th.
January 20, 1989 Billy Graham gave the invocation and benediction at the inauguration of George H. W. Bush
January 19-20, 1993 Billy Graham spent last night of George W. Bush's presidency with the Bush family in the White House and gave the invocation at the first inauguration of William J. Clinton
January 20, 1997 Billy Graham gave the prayer at the second inauguration of William J. Clinton
January 20-21, 2001 Billy Graham could not attend the first inauguration of George W. Bush because of illness. In his stead, his son Franklin Graham gave the invocation. The next day he gave the sermon at the National Prayer Service.
January 21, 2005 Billy Graham gave the opening prayer at the National Prayer Service in the National Cathedral.


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