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The Beginnings of the Greyhound Bus Company

In 1914, a young Swedish minor named Car Eric Wickman left his job as a diamond drill operator in the rugged Mesabi Iron Ore Range in Hibbing, Minnesota, to open a Hupmobile (Goodyear Tire) franchise. The venture cost him $3000. … Continue reading

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Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the Last of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence to Pass

Charles Carroll was born on September 19, 1737, into a prominent Roman Catholic family in Annapolis, Maryland. Charles Carroll of Annapolis, the father of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, was born in 1703, and died in 1783. He was a wealthy landowner … Continue reading

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William Paca, Rabble Rouser and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

William Paca was born in Abington, Maryland, on October 30, 1740, at his family’s home in what is now Harford County, north of Baltimore. He was the second son of John and Elizabeth Smith Paca and the fourth generation of Pacas … Continue reading

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What You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

It took more than 200 years after the first Thanksgiving before it became an official holiday. The first Thanksgiving was a three day feast, which included hunting, athletic games, and eating. The Pilgrims dined on venison, NOT turkey. There was … Continue reading

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Josiah Bartlett, “President” of New Hampshire and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

The Bartlett family of Massachusetts traces its roots to William the Conqueror. The family’s records in Stopham show that Brian, a knight (described in ancient sources as Guido de Brionne), and his Esquire, Adam Barttelot, sailed over from the Liseux district … Continue reading

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Oliver Wolcott, the Signer of the Declaration of Independence who Melted King George’s Statue for Revolutionary Bullets

Oliver Wolcott was born on November 20, 1726, the youngest of fourteen children, at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. His father, Roger Wolcott, was one of the first governors of the colony of Connecticut. He had three brothers who survived childhood (Alexander, … Continue reading

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Edward Rutledge, Youngest Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Edward Rutledge was born on November 23, 1749, in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the youngest of seven children, son of Doctor John Rutledge, who emigrated from Ireland to South Carolina, about the year 1735. His mother was Sarah Hert, … Continue reading

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