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Happy Birthday America

Added: Wednesday, July 4th 2007 at 10:31am by bavolet
Related Tags: politics, legal

231 years ago today, the 56 member 2nd Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, which announced to Great Britain and the world that we would be a free and independent nation.  Those who signed the document knew that they could be hung for treason against Great Britain, yet sign they did.  In fact, several of them were captured and imprisoned by the British and most were badly treated during their imprisonment. 

On signing the Declaration John Hancock commented, "The British ministry can read that name without spectacles; let them double their reward," referring to his overly large flamboyant signature - and which led to the American phrase "just put your John Hancock down."  Future Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were also among the signers (as was the father of a future President - William Harrison) as were a large number of future senators, representatives and state governors.  Benjamin Franklin was the oldest signer at the age of 70 and Edward Rutledge was the youngest at 26.

Some were lawyers, others were clergymen.  Still others were farmers and plantation owners and several were merchants.  All were highly educated.  Some went from the congress to fight in the war.  Others opened their home and lands for troops.  Some becamed educators (Thomas Wythe was the first professor of law at William and Mary College, with future Presidents among his students).  Francis Hopkinson was a Renaissance man and was one of the first well-known composers of songs.Some within a few years from illness, some lived for another fifty years (trivia - both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 - exactly fifty years after the signing).  Some died wealthy and an amazing number died in poverty or great debt because of the beatings their livelihoods took during the war.

Thanks to these men and other men like them who believed in liberty and were willing to risk their lives in the cause of freedom. 

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If I remember correctly, Adams and Jefferson did not like each other AT ALL!! But they put that aside to bring a new nation into being.
Initially they worked well together - at least through the writing of the declaration. They were rivals when Washington was Presiden - Adams was VP and Jefferson was Secretary of State. It was the Presidential election of 1796 that cemented it - Adams won by only 3 electoral votes and Jefferson became the VP. Anyway, Jefferson was put out with the fact that Adams won and he came in second. So when the 1800 election came about the rivalry heated up and this time Jefferson won the race. Rumor has it as they got older some of the rivalry faded, but when Adams died legend has the last words he said were "Thomas Jefferson survives." Communication being what it was in those days he had no idea that Jefferson had died earlier that morning - in fact the two couriers carrying messages from Mass. to Va. and Va. to Mass passed each other on the road.

One of those interesting historical coincidences that continually pop up.[SMILE]
Yes, I had heard that about them dying at almost the same time. Very interesting. Now, back to my Teddy Roosevelt book [SMILE]
Hi Cynthia--I'm fairly new to blogster, this is my first time on your site.[SMILE][SMILE][SMILE] I like it![SMILE]
Welcome and thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll come by again. [SMILE]
By the way, the musical 1776 will be on Turner Classic movies tonight (July 4). Of course, the founding fathers did not burst into song, but the song "Sit Down John" is wonderful - with them telling John Adams he was obnoxious and disliked among other things. Actually, much of it was derived from actual historical documents, including the congressional record, letters, diaries, etc. All in all, it's a charming film with Ken Howard playing a lovesick Thomas Jefferson (separated from his new bride) and William Daniels is perfect as John Adams. It's also worth seeing John Cullum (Northern Exposure) who plays Edward Rutledge sing "Molasses to Rum to Slaves" about the Triangle Trade where he talks about the hypocrisy of the northern delegation - they despised slavery yet traded in it. Anyway, catch it if you get a chance. [THUMBUP]
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