The Presidents Code – President Pro Tempore Ralph Izard
At this time, the Senate remained the hands of the Pro-Administration/Federalist camp leading to Ralph Izard’s appointment to the office of President Pro Tempore as John Langdon’s successor. His name is depicting a continuation of Adam’s dominion and innocency.
Ralph is a contracted form of the Old Norse name Radulf. Radulf comes from the words ‘ráð’ meaning counsel and ‘úlfr’ meaning wolf. The etymology of wolf traces back to the Latin word ‘lupus’ which traces back even further to the Hebrew word כלב ‘kelev’ which means dog. Dogs are seen in both positive and negative senses in the Scriptures. In context with the storyline, it seems as though the positive aspect is here intended. This would be the depiction of a dog as a guardian of the sheep (Job 30:1), displaying Adam’s role as guardian of the Garden.
Izard is from a Germanic name meaning strife or battle tracing back further to the Germanic name ‘Ishard’ which combines the meaning of ice and brave. The ice aspect is confusing until one looks at the Hebrew word for ice which is קרח ‘qarach.’ This word means ice but also bald or bare. This points to Adam who was naked during his days in the Garden (Genesis 2:25).
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