This Day in History: “As for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

On this day in 1775, Patrick Henry gives a stirring speech. You’ve almost certainly heard of this one! Henry closed the speech with the unforgettable words: “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” At the time, Henry was a delegate to the Second […]

This Day in History: Parliament discusses reconciliation with America

On this day in 1775, a member of Parliament rises and gives a speech in the British House of Commons. Edmund Burke urged members to reconcile with the American colonies, before it was too late. He spoke of the “anger and violence” that “prevailed every day more and more.” He feared that “things were hastening […]

This Day in History: A Signer of the Declaration loses all he holds dear

On this day in 1713, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence is born. Francis Lewis is perhaps best known for his signature on a single document! Yet he would pay dearly for that simple signature. How odd is it that he sacrificed so much, yet most modern Americans have never heard his name? […]

This Day in History: Thomas McKean, President before Washington (sort of)

On this day in 1734, Thomas McKean is born. He was President of the United States before George Washington was! Well, sort of. McKean was a President under the Articles of Confederation, not the U.S. Constitution.But when George Washington won his victory at Yorktown, he reported it to McKean. McKean held many positions during his […]