Category: Freedom Fighters

Bullet-Point Bio: Benjamin Rush

-One of the signers from Pennsylvania.

-Benjamin Rush was born on January 4, 1746 to John and Susanna Rush.  He grew up outside of Philadelphia and was the fourth of seven children.

-Benjamin went to school at West Nottingham Academy at the age of eight, while living with his aunt and uncle, after his father died.

Continue reading “Bullet-Point Bio: Benjamin Rush”

Bullet-Point Bio: John Morton

-Another one of the signers from Pennsylvania.

-He was born near Chester, Pennsylvania and lived from 1724-1777.

-John’s father died before John was born.  When he was around seven years old, his mother remarried.  John Sketchley was a good stepfather to young John and treated him as if he was his own son.

-John’s stepfather was a surveyor and taught John that trade as well as mathematics.  As Marilyn Boyer writes in For You They Signed, “John Morton had no formal schooling, just the dedicated teaching of his stepfather.”

Continue reading “Bullet-Point Bio: John Morton”

Bullet-Point Bio: Robert Morris

-He was one of the signers from Pennsylvania and one of only two men (the other being Roger Sherman) to sign all three significant founding documents – The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, and The U.S. Constitution.

-He was born in Liverpool and lived from January 31st, 1734 to May 8th, 1806.

-At the time of America’s founding, Robert Morris was considered the most powerful man in America next to George Washington.

Continue reading “Bullet-Point Bio: Robert Morris”