Entries by Our Lost Founding

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D-Day, Operation Overlord : Let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God

On this day in 1944 (D-Day), future president, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces  in World War II launches a massive invasion of Europe called Operation Overlord. In his Order of the Day, he encouraged the “Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces” that “The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you” and that he had  “full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill […]

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Constitutional Convention Convenes at Independence Hall

On this day in 1787, delegates from every state except Rhode Island convened (appropriately) in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention. The delegates met at what we now know as Independence Hall in order to compose the U.S. Constitution. That very building had earlier seen the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the signing of the Articles of Confederation. Virginia delegate and Revolutionary War hero George Washington was elected convention president.  In 1789, the U.S. Constitution became […]

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John Hancock : Independence and “our entire dependence”

On this day in 1775, John Hancock is elected president of the Second Continental Congress. Of course, we know the name John Hancock for his large, central signature on the Declaration of Independence. As president of Congress he was the first to sign the historic document. Hancock and Samuel Adams, of the Sons of Liberty, were the two Patriots that the Redcoats attempted to arrest during their April 1775 march to Lexington to confiscate Patriot […]

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Martha Washington, due weight and divine Providence

On this day in 1802, the first first lady, Martha Washington, that is, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington dies. Martha was twice widowed and outlived all four of her children. Her son John Parke Custis, aka Jacky, wrote this comforting consolation to his mother after his little sister, also named Martha, died: “I am confident she enjoys that Bliss prepar’d only for the Good & virtuous, let these considerations, My dear Mother have their due weight […]

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Josiah Bartlett : “United States under His Holy protection and guidance”

On this day in 1795, Josiah Bartlett dies. Bartlett was a New Hampshire Patriot, and most notably a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. He was also Governor of New Hampshire and New Hampshire Supreme Court chief justice. “That He would inspire…” Below is an excerpt from A PROCLAMATION, For A Public THANKSGIVING Josiah Bartlett gave on October 5, 1793. That proclamation declared November 21, 1793 to be a day of Public Thanksgiving: “That it would please Him […]

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Abraham Lincoln and the Almighty Ruler of Nations

On this day in 1860, Abraham Lincoln, a one-time U.S. representative from Illinois, is nominated for the presidency by the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Then, in the November election Lincoln became the first Republican to win the presidency. Thus, here is an excerpt from his inaugural address, with the American Civil War looming: “Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal […]

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The State of Minnesota : L’Étoile du Nord

On this day in 1858, Minnesota becomes the 32nd state in the Union. Here is the Preamble to the Constitution of the State of Minnesota: “We, the people of the state of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.” The state flag, seen below, features the state seal. The state motto […]

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The Transcontinental Railroad and The Golden Spike

On this day in 1869, California Governor Leland Stanford pounds a ceremonial golden spike completing the nation’s first transcontinental railway. California-based Central Pacific began laying tracks eastward from Sacramento, and eastern-based Union Pacific built west from Omaha. The tracks met in Promontory, Utah. Continue the Unity The golden spike is engraved on all four sides, with the following words on one side: “May God continue the unity of our Country, as this Railroad unites the […]

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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 […]