It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel his hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me…There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures…I said that I would state my reasons: I hold alone to the sacred and Holy Scriptures, and to the interpretations of prophecy given by certain devout persons…
– Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), Italian explorer
Source: The Bible in America by Steve Green and Todd Hillard, DustJacket Press, 2013, page 18.
For an extensive list of quotes like this from American leaders, see Historic Quotes About the Bible.