In selecting men for [government] office, let principle be your guide…It is alleged by men of loose principles or 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 [Exodus 18:21]…It is to the neglect of this rule of conduct in our citizens, that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, peculations [white-collar larceny] and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country; which disgrace a republican government.
– Noah Webster (1758-1843), lexicographer, writer; called the “Father of American Scholarship and Education” and “Schoolmaster to America”
Source: U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots by David Barton and George Barna, Frontline, 2014, page 171.
For an extensive list of quotes like this from American leaders, see Historic Quotes About the Bible.