I thought I would share some facts about the statesmen the Founding Fathers were. Some of these facts are well known, but some are not. I will pick three at this time, there is more to come.
Sam Adams: He was a man of a political mind. He would submit articles to the paper under different name to get people thinking about the topic, then he would show up at town meetings and keep the topic alive, give more information and get people involved.
He was not successful as a provider to his family. When he was offered gifts and positions of power to see if he would stop his attacks on the British Government, his reply was; "I trust I have long since made my peace with the King of kings. No personal consideration shall induce me to abandon the righteous cause of my country. Tell Governor Gage, it is the advice of Samuel Adams to him, no longer to insult the feelings af an exasperated people." (Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, pg. 35)
Sam Adams had a dog that disliked the British uniform as much as his master. He would bite, bark and attack British soldiers. He wore the scars to prove his dislike of them walking pass Sam's property.
Robert Morris: He was the financier of the Revolution. He gave most of his fortune to the cause. When he ran out of money and the wealthy people would not lend it to the colonies because they believed it to be a lost cause, he borrowed from them personally. He went from being the wealthiest man to spending three years in debtors prison. He died a broken down man.
John Hancock: As the President of Congress he signed the Declaration of Independence to be engrossed in parchment (stretched and treated animal skin), his name was the only one on the original document. John was offered several gifts and positions of prestige in exchange for his silence in opposing the British. He never took them and lost property because he would not submit to the British. His stand and strong opposition just endeared him even more with the people of the colonies.
When a letter of recantation was given by the British ( a document giving the signers of the Declaration of Independence the opportunity to remove their names from the Declaration of Independence), John Hancock and Samuel Adams were purposly left out. They were considered dangerous man, they could not be flattered, bribed or deceived.
All the men that signed the Declaration fo Independence were considered outlaws and rebels before the British Crown.
Today we need educate ourselves. These man knew their government, they knew what was right and wrong and they stood for the right. I invite you to be educated, to get involved and to make a difference in this beautiful country we call home. If we all work together, we can make a difference in our communities, our cities, our states and our country.