This gathering traces its roots to a group of 19 business executives who, in April 1935, started to meet together to face crucial issues in our region. Looking for ways to deal with the tensions and fractures that often occur in communities, these individuals resolved to serve as agents of reconciliation in their personal lives and home towns.
Then, in 1941, newly elected Governor Arthur Langlie -- who had been an integral part of this group -- invited friends from across Washington State to join him in prayer as he began his first of three terms in office. This unique breakfast became the first of its kind in the country and became the model for the first National Prayer Breakfast that was hosted by President Eisenhower in 1953. This year marks the 79th anniversary of this breakfast in our state's capitol.