Entries by Our Lost Founding

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Ulysses S. Grant : The Army and the Anchor

On this day in 1822, the first ever General of the U.S. Army and the 18th President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant is born in Point Pleasant, Ohio. President Abraham Lincoln promoted Grant to the second Lieutenant General in American history. The first was George Washington. “The influence of this book” Later in life, just nine years before he died of cancer in 1885, Grant wrote this in regard to education: “Hold fast to […]

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The Revolution and the first New York state constitution

On this day in 1777, during the American Revolutionary War, the first New York state constitution is formally adopted. The Convention of Representatives of the State of New York met upstate in Kingston. That first state constitution contains a good amount of the language found the Declaration of Independence. For example: “We therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude […]

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What do Our Creator and Our cause have in common?

On this day in 1775, the American Revolution begins. Incredibly, also on this day in 1861, the first blood of the American Civil War is shed. Our Cause Instructive for both is Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration on Taking Up Arms, written in July 1775: “Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal Resources are great, and, if necessary, foreign Assistance is undoubtedly attainable. We gratefully acknowledge, as signal Instances of the Divine Favour towards us, that […]

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“A new & most beautiful Edition” of Benjamin Franklin

On this day in 1790, preeminent Founding Father, and “The First American,” Benjamin Franklin dies at age 84 in his adopted home of Philadelphia. Franklin served as a legislator in Pennsylvania, as a diplomat in England and France, and this prolific patriot (who was also a printer, scientist, statesman, etc.) is the only person to have signed the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Treaty of Alliance with France (1778), the Treaty of Paris (1783) and […]

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Thomas Jefferson: All men are Created Equal

On this day in 1743, preeminent Founding Father Thomas Jefferson is born. That is, “created equal.” Jefferson was the governor of Virginia, and drafter of the Declaration of Independence. He served as secretary of state under President George Washington, as U.S. minister to France, and as vice president under John Adams, He was the third president of the United States, founder the University of Virginia. Read these compelling quotes found on the Thomas Jefferson Memorial […]

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A house divided: the American Civil War Begins

On this day in 1861, the Civil War begins when Confederates fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina. One or the other Prior to that, on June 16, 1858, then U.S. Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln uttered these famous words: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect […]

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Muhlenberg : First Speaker of the House, first a speaker in God’s house

On this day in 1789, Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg is elected as the first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, from 1789-1791. Two years later, he was also the third Speaker of the House (1793-1795). In total, he served in the House from 1789 to 1797. Then, he was a member of the Continental Congress in 1779 and 1780. He followed that by serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1780 to 1783. Later, he presided over […]

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Abigail Adams : “Remember the Ladies… placed by Providence”

Abigail Adams and John Adams are renowned for their prolific correspondence. In fact, they wrote each other thousands of letters. So, to write something along the lines of “On this day in 1776, Abigail Adams writes to her husband, John Adams…” is almost a given. However, in this particularly noteworthy letter, Abigail urges Mr. Adams and the Continental Congress to “Remember the Ladies” in the battle for independence: “I long to hear that you have declared […]

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Ronald Reagan : “I owe my life to God”

On this day in 1981, in an assassination attempt, John Hinckley Jr. shoots President Ronald Reagan in the left lung as the President left the Washington Hilton hotel. The bullet narrowly misses his heart. Still, the President walks in to George Washington University Hospital under his own power. Less than two weeks later on April 11, the resilient Reagan returned to the White House. He concluded his diary entry for that day with this powerful statement: “Whatever […]

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General George S. Patton provides Three Ways to Get What you Want

On this day in 1945, General George S. Patton’s 3rd Army captures Frankfurt. In December 1944, prior to the famed Battle of the Bulge, Patton asked his chaplain Colonel James O’Neill to write a prayer asking God for good weather for battle. 250,000 prayer cards were distributed to every soldier in his Third Army. “Chaplain, I am a strong believer in prayer. There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working, and […]

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Dwight D. Eisenhower : Why We Like Ike

On this day in 1969, Dwight D. Eisenhower , a highly regarded general of World War II and the 34th president of the United States dies at the age of 78, in Washington, D.C. First, here are two excerpts from his remarks for the American Legion “Back-to-God” program: “The Founding Fathers… produced the timeless documents upon which the Nation is founded and has grown great. They, recognizing God as the author of individual rights, declared that […]