Entries by Our Lost Founding

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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The last words of Abraham Lincoln : “…no city on earth…”

On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He died the next morning at approximately 7:22 a.m. Lincoln was the first U.S. president to be assassinated. The attack came just five days after the end of the American Civil War. Two Jerusalems A strong case can be made, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Apollo and mission control: Houston, we have a “good earth”

On this day in 1970, Apollo 13, the third lunar landing mission, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. On April 13th, Commander Jim Lovell was to become the fifth man to walk on the moon, but an exploding “Oxygen tank No. 2” had other plans. As a result, we have all heard him say, “Houston, we’ve […]

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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 […]