Collection ID



Bible - Printed Book




London, (England)




Printed on paper


5.4 × 3.5 × 1 in. (13.8 × 8.9 × 2.9 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

This Bible belonged to Admiral David Farragut of the United States Navy, who presented it to an unknown individual. Farragut served in the War of 1812, the Mexican–American War, and the American Civil War. During the Civil War, he was a flag officer and advanced through the ranks to become the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral in the United States Navy. The famous phrase “full speed ahead” is a paraphrase of then Rear Admiral Farragut’s command during the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Printed in the 1800s. Acquired before 1870 by Admiral David Farragut;[1] Gifted to unknown person.[2] Acquired by Christian Heritage Museum, Hagerstown, Maryland; Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Handwritten inscription on pastedown states that this Bible was presented by Admiral Farragut. [2] Handwritten inscription on the pastedown reads “presented [to] J Co . . .” the name is illegible due to the paper with the inscription on it being damaged.

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