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The Vice President's bible.

With his hand on the Bible to take the office of Vice President, Dan Quayle made American history and celebrated some family history at his inauguration. He became the first person born after World War II to take office at the highest level of national government

His assumption of this new duty came 100 years after another Hoosier, Benjamin Harrison, took the oath of office as president.

I'm a cousin of Dan Quayle's, so I'm disqualified from claims of detachment and objectivity. But I think he'll carry out his duties with distinction and excellence, proving his critics wrong.

This Bible he put his hand on during the inaugural is a fitting reminder of his family background and some family history.

It was at Christmas 1889, nearly 100 years ago, that his great-grandfather Irvin B. Pulliam gave that Bible to his wife. "Search the Scriptures," he counseled her, and she followed his counsel, marking the pages over the years.

From the Scriptures and from a dramatic conversion to Jesus Christ, I. B. Pulliam had found a new direction in life a few years earlier. A businessman in Danville, Illinois, he had had little interest in the Bible or Jesus Christ, even though his father had been a Baptist minister.

But Jesus Christ was interested in I. B. Pulliam, and He gave him new life in the early 1880s. I. B. Pulliam and Martha Collins had already married in 1881, and they gave up a comfortable life in Danville to become Methodist missionaries in the barren frontier of western Kansas.

In the tradition of John Wesley, I. B. Pulliam was a circuit rider, or a pastor-missionary, for as many as ten communities. One task for a circuit rider was to help keep the peace-or sometimes preach at funerals for those who died shooting at each other in the battles over which community would get to be the county seat.

Service to others flowed from I. B. Pulliam's conversion. People we would call the homeless today would come by his home, which was sometimes just a sod hut, for food or help. The couple's salary for the first year was $350, as well as food and clothing that came in "missionary barrels" sent from the more civilized part of the country.

A growing family of little children must have been a special challenge for the parents on this frontier. Zella, the oldest, was handicapped, and she required special care.

Just a few months before the circuit rider gave the Bible to his bride for Christmas, a son was born. His name was Eugene C. Pulliam.

He went on to a well known career in journalism, as publisher of the Indianapolis News and Star, as a businessman who bought. and sold more than 50 newspapers, as an influential commentator. But most important, he always stressed that the highest calling in our business was being a reporter of news, and he kept working at that calling until the year he died.

He had children as well, including Corinne, the mother of the Vice President; Suzanne

I a I Eugene S. Pulliam, my father and the present publisher of the Indianapolis Star and News.

Somehow it doesn't seem so coincidental that the Bible was a gift from Vice President Quayle's great-grandfather to his great-grandmother 100 years ago.

Those Scriptures that he said to search declare: "Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. For God is the judge; he putteth down one, and setteth up another." (Psalm 75:6-7)

The same God who changed 1. B. Pulliam a century ago has been preparing the new Vice President for duty for several generations.
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Title Annotation:Danforth Quayle
Author:Pulliam, Russ
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Biography
Date:Apr 1, 1989
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