Presidential Attendance at St. John's Church

Historian and church member Richard Grimmett gave a tour of St. John’s Church on Lafayette Square near the White House. The… read more

Historian and church member Richard Grimmett gave a tour of St. John’s Church on Lafayette Square near the White House. The church was built in 1816 and designed by U.S. Capitol architect Benjamin Latrobe. St. John’s is known as the "Church of the Presidents", because every president since James Madison has attended at least one service there.

Richard Grimmett showed the pews where U.S. presidents have sat in St. John’s Church and the attendance book that presidents have signed. He talked about the tradition of presidents attending a service there on the morning of an inauguration. Historical photographs and film clips were shown. close

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Program ID:
298414-5
Category:
Vignette
Format:
Vignette
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 19, 2013
Last Aired:
Jan 20, 2013

Airing Details

  • Jan 19, 2013 | 4:58pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 20, 2013 | 1:33pm EST | C-SPAN 1