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Do You Know More Than One City Served as the U. S. Capital?

I recently did one of those mind-dulling quizzes on Facebook. It’s the one where they say they can tell a person’s education based on questions on U. S. history. To demonstrate how reliable the quiz is, I missed one and … Continue reading

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Francis Hopkinson, Designer of the U. S. Flag and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Francis Hopkinson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 2, 1737. He represented New Jersey in the Continental Congress, where he signed the Declaration of Independence. Hopkinson’s interests extended beyond politics; he was a prolific composer and writer (likely America’s … Continue reading

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James Wilson, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence Who Spent Time in Debtor’s Prison

Wilson was born on 14 September¬†1742 at Carskerdo, near St. Andrews, Scotland, and educated at the universities of St. Andrews, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. There is some speculation that he did not finish his studies for he emigrated to America, arriving … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin, Genius Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Benjamin Franklin was known as a printer and publisher, a writer, a scientist and inventor, a philosopher and a philanthropist. The son of a candlemaker,¬†Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706. He was the youngest son … Continue reading

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James Smith, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Congressional “Cut-Up”

James Smith was born in northern Ireland, in the Province of Ulster as the second son of a well-to-do farmer, John Smith in or around 1716 – 1719. He emigrated to Cheshire County Pennsylvania with his family when he but … Continue reading

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George Ross, Defender of States’ Rights and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

“George Ross’s father was born at Balblair, Scotland, in 1679 or 1680. Rev. George Aeneas, the 5th Laird Balblair Ross (b.1679, d.1754), had 2 wives and 16 children, and was an Anglican clergyman who had immigrated from Scotland. The paternal … Continue reading

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John Morton, the “Keystone” Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Son of John Morton (Senior) and Mary Archer, John Morton was born in Pennsylvania in 1725. Both sides of Morton’s family came to Pennsylvania from Sweden and Finland. His father passed the same year as John’s birth, and his mother … Continue reading

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