Bible story: Doubts raised over a Texas inaugural tradition

By PAUL J. WEBER
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - One of the oldest inauguration traditions in the U.S. is under new scrutiny in Texas.

Republican Greg Abbott will be sworn in Tuesday as the state's 48th chief executive. He'll take the oath on the Sam Houston Bible, which is now 199 years old and has long believed to have belonged to the titan of Texas history.

But caretakers of the brittle, brown holy book have evidence that suggests the book may have never belonged to the state's equivalent of George Washington.

The book was published in 1816. But a passed-down story about Sam Houston's signature once being seen on the bible's now-torn flyleaf has come under new scrutiny by the Texas Supreme Court.

Twenty years ago, George W. Bush was sworn in calling it Sam Houston's own bible.

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