Category: Freedom Fighters

Presbyterian Patriotism In the Founding of America

“The principal matter recommended by the faction in New England, was an union of the congregational and presbyterian interests, throughout the Colonies…Thus the Presbyterians in the southern Colonies, who, while unconnected in their several congregations, were raised into weight and consequence; and a dangerous combination of men, whose principles of religion and polity were equally averse to those of the established Church and Government, was formed.” – Joseph Galloway, Loyalist, Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly

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Bullet-Point Bio: Charles Carroll

-Charles Carroll was born in September 1737 in Maryland to Charles Carroll and Elizabeth Brooke.

-At a young age Carroll received his education from the Bohemia Mano and at the age of eleven, was sent to France to finish his education on at the College of Omer. He graduated in 1755.  He stayed in Europe and studied law before returning to Maryland in 1765.

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A Time To Remember…

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have sacrificed so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.  We must remember and have hearts of thankfulness!  Not only do we need to remember and have hearts of thankfulness, but we must also do our duty to preserve these freedoms for future generations. Here is a poem that encompasses this well.  If you’d like to read our Memorial Day article from last year, you can click here.

Freedom in America
Isn’t really free;
We often pay a price
To keep our liberty.

Remember those we loved,
Who fought for us, and died;
And those we never knew
For whom others mourned and cried.

At home our “war” for freedom
Is sadly overdue;
We’ve let corruption stage
A sad and grievous coup.

No longer can we brush off
Dishonesty and greed,
Lust for wealth and power;
We can’t, we won’t concede.

Complacency is weakness
Patriots can’t afford;
We have to act on wrongs
That cannot be ignored.

We must give up some time,
Spent on other pleasures,
To restore America’s freedom,
To keep America’s treasures.

Money spent on trifles
Must now go to our cause:
Get rid of the offenders,
Constitutional outlaws.

Freedom in America
Isn’t really free
It’s up to American patriots;
It’s up to you and me.

-By Joanna Fuchs

Bullet-Point Bio: Thomas McKean

-Thomas McKean was a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Delaware

-McKean was born in March 1734 in New London Township Pennsylvania.

-McKean studied at the New London Academy, and at the age of 16 he started to study law under his cousin David Finney.  In 1755 he was admitted to the Bar of the Lower Counties.

-Between 1756 and 1771 he served as many different places in Delaware including deputy Attorney General for Sussex County, member of the General Assembly of the Lower Counties until he became the Speaker, and judge of the Court of Common Pleas.

-In 1765 during the Stamp Act Congress, McKean and Caesar Rodney went to represent Delaware.  While there, McKean proposed a voting procedure which Congress later adopted as their procedure.

-McKean’s primary residency was in Philadelphia but still served as a leader for American Independence in Delaware. He served in both the First and Second Continental Congresses representing Delaware.

-McKean was a strong advocate for independence and a very influential player in persuading people to break off from Great Britain.

-McKean cast his vote and then left Congress to serve as a colonel in the Fourth Battalion of the Pennsylvania Associators.  Since he was gone while the Declaration was being signed, he signed it at a later date.  Because of that, his name was not on the first authenticated copy.

-In 1776 McKean drafted the first Delaware Constitution which was then adopted in September 1776.

-McKean helped to draft the Articles of Confederation and then voted for them on March 1, 1781.

-In July 1781 McKean was elected as President of Congress, after the previous president had to resign because of poor health.

-In 1777 McKean became the Chief Justice of Pennsylvania and continued in that position until 1799.  After he ended that position, he was elected as the Governor of Pennsylvania and served from 1799 till 1808.

-McKean was a big advocate of free education and spent much time and energy expanding free education throughout his life.

-Thomas McKean died in 1817 and was buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Though later his body was moved to the Laurel Hill Cemetery. He is known for his many high standing political positions throughout his life and was the center of many points of controversy in light of his fiery and quick-tempered personality. Though he had many strong views on independence and the like, he was a very influential player in the founding of our country.


Taken from Wikipedia and The Signers of the Declaration of Independence