Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament, without note or comment, be read and taught as a divine revelation in the college — its general precepts expounded, its evidences explained, and its glorious principles of morality inculcated? What is there to prevent a work, not sectarian, upon the general evidences of Christianity, from being read and taught in the college by lay teachers?… Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament? Where are benevolence, the love of truth, sobriety, and industry, so powerfully and irresistibly inculcated as in the sacred volume?
– U.S. Supreme Court in a unanimous 1844 decision (Vidal v. Girard’s Executors)
Source: U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots by David Barton and George Barna, Frontline, 2014, page 103.
For an extensive list of quotes like this from American leaders, see Historic Quotes About the Bible.