(Click the listen link above to hear Governor Deval Patrick's full speech.)
(AP) With his hand on a Bible once owned by John Quincy Adams, Deval Patrick was sworn in Thursday as Massachusetts' first black governor, and only the second black elected governor in U.S. history.
It was the culmination of a longshot political campaign by the Democrat to replace Republican Mitt Romney, who is now considering a run for president in 2008.
The Bible that Patrick used as he repeated the oath of office had been given to Adams by Amistad slaves whom the nation's sixth president had helped to free.
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