Entries by Our Lost Founding

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Harry S. Truman on renewed hope for “peace on earth, good will among men”

On this day in 1948, President Harry S. Truman signs the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948, more popularly known as the Marshall Plan. Back in June 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall called for an enormous economic recovery program to aid the ailing economies of the war-ravaged countries in Western Europe. Secretary Marshall’s statement on the signing […]

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John Hancock on Privateers, Pirates, Proclamations, and Praise

On this day in 1776, the Second Continental Congress gives privateers permission to attack any and all British ships. A privateer was a private person or ship authorized by a government by letters of marque to attack foreign vessels during wartime and take them as prizes. Even so, the distinction between pirates and privateers was […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thomas Jefferson Elected to second Continental Congress

On this day in 1775, Thomas Jefferson is elected to the second Continental Congress. Jefferson originally established himself in the first Continental Congress with tract entitled “Summary View of the Rights of British America.” Inkling of Independence Here are two excerpts from his “Summary”: “[P]ropose to the said congress that an humble and dutiful address be presented […]