Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Dochertys in:
 • Saint Michaels Cemetery
 • Wood Township
 • Huntingdon County
 • Pennsylvania
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
George MacPherson Docherty
Birth: May 9, 1911
Glasgow
Glasgow City, Scotland
Death: Nov. 27, 2008
Port Vue
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

Religious Figure. He is generally credited with having the phrase "Under God" added to the "Pledge of Allegiance" in the United States. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1911, in the 1950s he was serving as pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, located in Washington D.C., and heard the "Pledge of Allegiance" for the first time when it was recited by his 7 year old son. He then gave a sermon in 1952 saying the pledge should acknowledge God. He then redelivered the sermon again on February 7, 1954, after learning that President Dwight D. Eisenhower would be at the church. The next day, a bill was introduced to add the phrase "under God" to the pledge. President Eisenhower signed the bill into law on Flag Day later that year. Reverend Docherty passed away in his home in central Pennsylvania at age 97 in November 2008. (bio by: Sgt. Rock) 
 
Burial:
Saint Michaels Cemetery
Wood Township
Huntingdon County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Sgt. Rock
Record added: Nov 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31826829
George MacPherson Docherty
Added by: Lucy Caldarelli
 
George MacPherson Docherty
Added by: Sgt. Rock
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Thank you for your part in making the Pledge recognize the Creator. I'm only sorry that so many are so ungrateful now. You did the right thing and people are now taking it the wrong way, even trying to get it removed. The country is distancing itself from...(Read more)
- You bet it's under God
 Added: Jun. 6, 2014
I glad you not here to see what they are doing in reguards to "Pledge of Alligence" Thank you Padre. Happy Birthday!!
- Cougar
 Added: May. 9, 2014

- elaine bailey
 Added: May. 9, 2014
There are 38 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.2 after 25 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service