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How Rare Is A Presidential Trip To A US Mosque?

President Obama is set to visit his first U.S. mosque Wednesday. Apparently, presidential visits to U.S. mosques aren't very common.

By Melissa Prax | January 31, 2016

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama will step foot in the Islamic Society of Baltimore. 

It will be the first time he's visited a U.S. mosque during his presidency, although he's been to several overseas. 

There haven't been many other presidents who have visited U.S. mosques while in office. 

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The first mosque in the U.S. was constructed in 1929 near Ross, North Dakota

But the earliest president to visit a U.S. mosque while in office was Dwight D. Eisenhower when he dedicated the Islamic Center of Washington in D.C. in 1957.

Shortly after 9/11, George W. Bush went to that same mosque and gave the iconic "Islam is peace" speech. (Video via C-SPAN)

Several other presidents have given speeches at performance halls called mosques. But those were Arabic-style buildings not connected to the Islamic faith. 

Muslim leaders have encouraged Obama to visit a U.S. mosque in the past. He's advocated for tolerance and acceptance toward Muslims throughout his terms. 

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