Monday, July 4, 2011

Fourth of July Celebration - #3047 - 10 Things You Might Not Know About the Founding Fathers (and Mothers)- Chicago Tribune

The people who founded this nation aren't moldy mannequins in history's closet — they're inspirational figures for modern America as we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich recently said he had a "man crush" on Alexander Hamilton, and Sarah Palin got into a debate about Paul Revere. So here's to life, liberty and the pursuit of historical trivia: 1. Paul Revere did not shout "The British are coming!" Stop and think about it — he was a British subject at the time. In fact, he said the "regulars" were coming — regular uniformed troops. But regulars had one too many syllables for poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 2. Before President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet on "The West Wing," there was Josiah Bartlett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The New Hampshire physician is credited with saving the lives of people suffering from diphtheria by breaking with the common practice of bloodletting or sweating and treating them with Peruvian bark, which contains quinine. 3. The phrase "Founding Father" is widely credited to President Warren Harding, who said it at the 1916 Republican National Convention in Chicago when he was still a senator. (And by Harding, we mean Judson Welliver, a campaign aide who wrote his speeches.)  Read more........ Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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