GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- According to the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, Florida's new Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Nikki Fried, was sworn in using the copy of the first Hebrew Bible published in the United States. Fried is a UF and UF Levin College of Law Alumna and a former Student Body President.
The copy of the book is at the Price Library of Judaica in Special Collections and is one of only about 100 left in existence. But in order to get these volumes ready for their trip to Tallahassee, the Conservator built them a special protective box.
The time-intensive process of building these books a snug, custom box helped reduce the likelihood of damage during their journey to and from Gainesville as well as during the ceremony.
The books have been in the collection since the 1970s, but to the library's knowledge, this is the first time they’ve been used during an inauguration ceremony.