On Wednesday afternoon, Governor Deval Patrick presented four gifts to governor-elect Charlie Baker ahead of Patrick’s Lone Walk, as part of the traditional inauguration ceremonies. Here’s a closer look at each of the gifts.
The Pewter Key
The ceremonial original key to the governor’s office door. (When outgoing Governor William Weld, not known as a workaholic, handed the key to Paul Cellucci in 1997, he had this to say: “This is the seldom-used key to the governor’s office that, I am reliably informed, works on weekends.” )
The Butler Bible
The bible was left by Governor Benjamin Butler to his successors in 1884, since he found no Bible in the office previously. (Butler’s other claims to fame: As a member of Congress in the 1870s, he authored legislation designed to destroy the Ku Klux Klan in the South and giving African-Americans the right to public accommodation.)
The Governor’s Gavel
The gavel is made from the white oak frame of the original USS Constitution and accepted as the “permanent official gavel” of the Governor’s Council in 1906.
Massachusetts General Statutes
Two volumes, which date back to 1860. The outgoing governor traditionally inscribes a message to his or her successor in this text.