Francis Julius

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Francis Julius was born in Mount Morris, New York back in 1855. When he was 5 the family moved to Rome, New York. He was involved and a member of the First Baptist Church which was good as his father was the minister until his death in 1864.

Francis himself became a minister influenced by the Second Great Awakening. He wrote for the “Youth’s Companion”, a patriotic circular of the day. He believed in the absolute separation of church and state. He married Harriet in 1881, they had two sons John and David. Harriet died in 1918 and he married Marie in 1920.   He ran for Governor of New York but lost. He spent the last years living in Tampa, Florida in 1931 at the age of 76.

If you haven’t figured it out by now I’m writing about Francis Julius Bellamy. Why would I write about him you may ask? Well if you didn’t know he was the author off “The Pledge of Allegiance” which we recite while saluting the United States flag. The words “Under God” was added in 1954 by then President Dwight Eisenhower.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Should have known this one! He is rolling over iin his grave over the disrespect now being shown by some to the pledge! Enjoy your day!

Dec 07, 2016 04:44 AM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

I should have known this one too! I'm amazed at how much disrespect many have for such treasured pledges that have served us for so long and is the backbone of our country.

Dec 07, 2016 04:58 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This is a sotry I was not familiar with so thank you again and keep them coming.

Dec 07, 2016 05:02 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

One I know about as he lived not far from here.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 07, 2016 05:27 AM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This IS a highly appropriate post today, James Dray based on the wayward direction our Country has gone over the last 8 years. Soon to change!

Dec 07, 2016 05:44 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Once again, James, I had no idea.  Thanks for the enlightenment.  A

Dec 07, 2016 05:49 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a really good one. I never knew about the words being added by Eisenhower.

Dec 07, 2016 05:54 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I researched the original pledge - I find it interesting that he was a Christian Socialist preacher! Also, originally, during the pledge the students were given a signal and after saying "to the Flag" the students would raise their right had gracefully, palm up toward the Flag.  This was back in 1892.  A change was made and the arm was extended palm down. It was changed to what we do now (right hand over heart) when it resembled the Nazi salute in WWII.  

The words "Under God" were added because of the direct threat of communism. 

Lots of history about the pledge...Thanks for sharing this. I would have never known any of this other than "Under God". 

Dec 07, 2016 08:42 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Aha, I recall hearing his name, nice to learn a little more about him from your post.

Dec 07, 2016 09:04 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- always learning something here. Thank you for this and to Sheri Sperry - MCNE® for the additional information. 

Dec 07, 2016 07:33 PM #10
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I love your story about Francis Julius Bellamy, author of the 'Pledge of Allegiance.' I have always thought the words were so special and beautiful.

Dec 07, 2016 07:44 PM #11
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I never thought about who wrote The Pledge, but I did know the 'under God' part was added later. 

Dec 08, 2016 11:40 AM #12
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

The Under God addition by Eisenhower I had not known thanks

Dec 10, 2017 06:09 PM #13
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