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"I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people,
for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed;
a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign states;  a perfect
union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality,
justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. 

I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its
Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it againest all enemies.


Historical Notes:  The American's Creed was a result of a nationwide contest for writing a
National Creed, which would be a brief summary of the American political faith founded upon
things fundamental in American history and tradition.  The contest was the idea of Henry Sterling
Chapin Commissioner of Education of New York State.  Over three thousand entries were
received, and William Tyler Page was declared to be the winner.  James H. Preston, the mayor of
Baltimore, presented an award to Page in the House of Representatives Office Building on
April 3, 1918.  The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the commissioner of education
of the state of New York accepted the Creed for the United States, and the proceedings relating
to the award were printed in the Congressional Record of April 13, 1918.  It was a time when
patriotic sentiments were very much in vogue.  The United States had been a participant in
World War I only a little over a year at the time the Creed was adopted.

The author of the American's Creed, William Tyler Page, was a descendant of John Page, who
had come to America in 1650 and had settled in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Another ancester,
Carter Braxton, had signed the Declaration of Independence.  Still another ancester, John Tyler,
was the tenth president of the United States.  William Tyler Page had come to Washingtom at
the age of thirteen to serve as a Capitol Page.  Later he became an employee of the Capitol
building and served in that capacity for almost sixty-one years.  In 1919 he was elected clerk of
the House.  Thirteen years later, when the Democrats again became a majority party, they created
for Page the office of minority clerk of the House of Representatives.  He held this position for
the remainder of his life.

Referring to the Creed, Page said:
"It is summary of the fundamental principles of
the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders." 
His wording of the Creed used passages and phrases
from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln's Gettyburg Address,
and Daniel Webster's reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.
by William Tyler Page