In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect [party] of the candidate—look to his character. . . .It is alleged by men of loose principles of defective views of the subject that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men “who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.
Noah Webster, Letters to a young gentleman commencing his education: to which is subjoined A brief history of the United States, S. Converse Printing, New Haven, 1823, pp 18-19
Note – Noah Webster, known as the “Father of American Scholarship and Education” and author of the famous Webster’s Dictionary, stated:]