Rick Perry’s entrance into the presidential race has renewed attention to his ambitious if fruitless prayer for rain in drought-afflicted Texas.
But Perry certainly isn’t the first governor to seek such divine meteorological intervention. In 1925, reacting to a brutal drought across the South, N.C. Gov. Angus McLean proclaimed “a day of humility and prayer to God who sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. . . . ”
Relief was minimal. The summer of 1925 remains the driest on record in many areas of the state.