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George MacPherson Docherty
Birth: May 9, 1911
Glasgow City, Scotland
Death: Nov. 27, 2008
Huntingdon 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) 
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
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George MacPherson Docherty
Added by: Sgt. Rock
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