During President Dwight Eisenhower's years in office, the church was pastored by a gentleman by the name of Rev. George MacPherson Docherty. Eisenhower attended the service on Lincoln Sunday, February 7, 1954. Docherty preached a message that Sunday on calling for the addition of "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. He borrowed the phrase from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address that included the words "this Nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. Docherty's message inspired Eisenhower. The following day, Eisenhower and other members of Congress began amending the "Pledge" to include those words. On Feb. 8, 1954 the bill was introduced to Congress and the bill was signed by Eisenhower on Flag Day (June 14, 1954). Docherty's sermon was published in 1958 by Harper & Bros. in New York.
Docherty was born in Glasgow, Scotland and worked as a shipping clerk. During his 20's, he decided to enter the ministry and earned two degrees from the University of Glasgow.
|Docherty with Eisenhower|
|Rev. Docherty memorial folder|
Rev. George Docherty died at his home on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2008 from a heart ailment.
|Rev. Docherty funeral program|
|St. Michael's Cemetery|