Entries by Our Lost Founding

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Hiram Rhodes Revels: From Congregants to Congress

On this date in 1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African American to sit in Congress. His father was a Baptist preacher, and in 1845, Revels became an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. “The logical sequence” Here is a powerful portion of the first speech Hiram Rhodes Revels gave to the Senate on March 16, 1870: “Mr. President, I maintain that […]

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Thomas Jefferson : The third president on “the sum of good government”

On this day in 1801, Vice President Thomas Jefferson is elected the third president of the United States. His running mate and eventual opponent was the infamous Aaron Burr. A tie vote in the Electoral College and 35 indecisive ballot votes in the House of Representatives preceded Jefferson’s election. “With all these blessings” Thus, Thomas Jefferson shared this at his first inaugural address on March 4, 1801 “Let us, then, with courage and confidence pursue […]

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Abraham Lincoln born on February 12th

On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln is born in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Despite growing up a member of a poor family in Kentucky and Indiana, Lincoln became one of America’s most admired presidents. “A new birth” Regarding another form of birth, you have likely heard this quote from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, […]

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Rev. Dr. Henry Highland Garnet addresses the House

On this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln’s 56th birthday, Rev. Dr. Henry Highland Garnet was the first African American to address the U.S. House of Representatives. Garnet, a former slave himself, was a pastor of the 15th Street Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. His sermon commemorated the victories of the Union army and the deliverance of the country from slavery. Notably, President Lincoln arranged for the special Sunday service. “From foundation to dome” Here’s an […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Bible, “this great book”

On this day in 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln leaves his home in Springfield, Illinois bound for Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, his belongings, including his Bible, did not arrive in time for his inauguration. So, William Thomas Carroll, the clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court, provided a bible that he kept for official use, which went on to become what we know as the “Lincoln Bible,” and the design inspiration for one of Our t-shirts. Find yours […]

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Julia Ward Howe: “Glory, glory, hallelujah!”

On this day in 1908, Julia Ward Howe is the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Howe was was a poet, author, and an advocate for abolitionism and women’s suffrage. Still, she is best known for her composition, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Our God is marching on Here are her stirring lyrics, in their entirety: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He […]

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The State of Michigan , E Pluribus Peninsulam

On this day in 1837, President Andrew Jackson signs a bill making the two peninsulas of Michigan the 26th state in the Union. Previously, the Territory of Michigan was part of the Northwest Territory ceded under 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. First, here’s the Constitution of Michigan Preamble: We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, and earnestly desiring to secure these blessings undiminished to […]

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John Hancock : Prominent Signature, Powerful Prayer

On January 23, 1737, John Hancock is born in what is now Quincy, Massachusetts. The British government viewed the prominent patriot as an agitator, much like his friend Samuel Adams. Hancock was president of the Second Continental Congress, so he was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Of course, he is well-known for his prominent and stylish signature on the Declaration. In fact, the name ‘John Hancock’ is synonymous with the term ‘signature.’ In addition, […]

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Ronald Reagan and “the shining city upon a hill”

On this day in 1989, President Ronald Reagan gives his Farewell Address to the Nation. In doing so, he defined his vision of “the shining city upon a hill.” “[I]n my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be […]

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The first State of the Union address: “patriotism, firmness, and wisdom”

On this day in 1790, President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address. Washington delivered the speech to Congress at Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City. As was fitting for the new nation, Washington’s brief address stands as the shortest State of the Union address ever. What follows are a few excerpts from  to his “Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives.” Within our reach “Still further to […]

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George Washington: First and Fervent

On this day in 1789, George Washington wins America’s first presidential election and would be sworn in on April 30. Of course, Our first president is known as the Father of Our Country. Furthermore, he is remembered as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” First Official Act In his April 30 Inaugural Address, Washington acknowledged his “anxieties” and “conflict of emotions.” Then, he made his “first official Act” […]