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  • Matthew Thornton was born in Ireland in 1714. His parents emigrated to America when he was three. They first settled at Wiscasset, in Maine, but soon went to Worcester, Massachusetts, where Mathew received an academic education. He became a physician, and in 1745 was appointed surgeon to the New Hampshire troops in the expedition against Louisburg. He later held royal commissions as justice of the peace and colonel of militia. His medical practice was very successful and he acquired much land, becoming a leading member of the community in Londonderry. There he held many local offices while also representing Londonderry at the Provincial Assembly. Thornton eventually became President of that assembly. As a member of a local committee of Safety in 1775, he was asked to draft a plan of government for New Hampshire after dissolution of the royal government. His plan was adopted immediately and became the first constitution for that state (and was in fact the first new state constitution after the start of hostilities with Britain). Thornton was then selected as the first President of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and as a justice to the Superior Court, under the new constitution. He was also sent to the Continental Congress-too late to participate in the debates over Independence, but just in time to sign the Declaration on behalf of New Hampshire. He was selected to attend Congress again in 1777, but declined to attend due to poor health. For the rest of his life, Thornton attended to State duties. He also wrote political essays for the newspapers. He died at the age of 89, while on a visit to his daughter in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1803.

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  • Matthew Thornton was born in Ireland in 1714. His parents emigrated to America when he was three. They first settled at Wiscasset, in Maine, but soon went to Worcester, Massachusetts, where Mathew received an academic education. He became a physician, and in 1745 was appointed surgeon to the New Hampshire troops in the expedition against Louisburg. He later held royal commissions as justice of the peace and colonel of militia. His medical practice was very successful and he acquired much land, becoming a leading member of the community in Londonderry. There he held many local offices while also representing Londonderry at the Provincial Assembly. Thornton eventually became President of that assembly. As a member of a local committee of Safety in 1775, he was asked to draft a plan of government for New Hampshire after dissolution of the royal government. His plan was adopted immediately and became the first constitution for that state (and was in fact the first new state constitution after the start of hostilities with Britain). Thornton was then selected as the first President of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and as a justice to the Superior Court, under the new constitution. He was also sent to the Continental Congress-too late to participate in the debates over Independence, but just in time to sign the Declaration on behalf of New Hampshire. He was selected to attend Congress again in 1777, but declined to attend due to poor health. For the rest of his life, Thornton attended to State duties. He also wrote political essays for the newspapers. He died at the age of 89, while on a visit to his daughter in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1803.

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  • It’s 1932 in Bumblebee, North Carolina and Stella likes to practice writing by starlight hoping she will get better. @sharonmdraper writes a beautiful, truthful picture of the South during the Great Depression. Between the Klan, rattlesnakes, and the election of FDR, Stella and her community band together to fight the injustices of their world. Mrs. Draper uses the #declarationofindependence in the story, and it reminded me that no matter how far this country gets from our past, we must never forget and we should fight to all be better people, be more understanding, and fight for the rights of all people, because they are part of the story that makes up our story. I picked up #StellabyStarlight because a student read it for a book project, and I’m very glad I did. #readersofinstagram #recommendedread #historicalfiction #juvenilefiction #bookstagram #libraryebook #teacherread #family
  • It’s 1932 in Bumblebee, North Carolina and Stella likes to practice writing by starlight hoping she will get better. @sharonmdraper writes a beautiful, truthful picture of the South during the Great Depression. Between the Klan, rattlesnakes, and the election of FDR, Stella and her community band together to fight the injustices of their world. Mrs. Draper uses the #declarationofindependence in the story, and it reminded me that no matter how far this country gets from our past, we must never forget and we should fight to all be better people, be more understanding, and fight for the rights of all people, because they are part of the story that makes up our story. I picked up #StellabyStarlight because a student read it for a book project, and I’m very glad I did. #readersofinstagram #recommendedread #historicalfiction #juvenilefiction #bookstagram #libraryebook #teacherread #family
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  • We missed our initial connection to Scotland through Philadelphia, were forced to spend 24 hours in Philadelphia and decided to make lemonade out of lemons.  Ended up being an AMAZING day!!! None of us had been to Philadelphia before, so we decided to try and do the top seven or eight things in the city before our rescheduled flight to Edinburgh.  Here you see Chase running up the steps from Rocky in the pouring rain to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where we hung out for a couple of hours, in Independence Hall in the exact room where America was created and where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were created and signed (that’s the exact seat that George Washington sat in in the back middle), at the Liberty Bell, City Hall, the famous LOVE sculpture, and in Reading Terminal Market (the oldest market in the country). We did catch our next flight and are now on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.  #philadelphia #libertybell #constitution #declarationofindependence #readingterminalmarket #rocky #vacation #layover #makinglemonade
  • We missed our initial connection to Scotland through Philadelphia, were forced to spend 24 hours in Philadelphia and decided to make lemonade out of lemons. Ended up being an AMAZING day!!! None of us had been to Philadelphia before, so we decided to try and do the top seven or eight things in the city before our rescheduled flight to Edinburgh. Here you see Chase running up the steps from Rocky in the pouring rain to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where we hung out for a couple of hours, in Independence Hall in the exact room where America was created and where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were created and signed (that’s the exact seat that George Washington sat in in the back middle), at the Liberty Bell, City Hall, the famous LOVE sculpture, and in Reading Terminal Market (the oldest market in the country). We did catch our next flight and are now on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. #philadelphia #libertybell #constitution #declarationofindependence #readingterminalmarket #rocky #vacation #layover #makinglemonade
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  • Beautiful walkway on the grounds of Monticello - Thomas Jeffersons home in Virginia.  He was the US President from 1801 to 1809.
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We toured the house and grounds on a recent trip to Virginia.  If you love history then you must see this place. .
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  • Beautiful walkway on the grounds of Monticello - Thomas Jeffersons home in Virginia. He was the US President from 1801 to 1809.
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    We toured the house and grounds on a recent trip to Virginia. If you love history then you must see this place. .
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  •  71  1  12 hours ago
  • Setting up thangs
  • Setting up thangs
  •  21  1  17 hours ago
  • They ruined it all, 
the fools
who did not outnumber us.
We went down fighting,
blows coming 
from the left 
and the right.
  • They ruined it all,
    the fools
    who did not outnumber us.
    We went down fighting,
    blows coming
    from the left
    and the right.
  •  4  1  23 hours ago
  • “DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON US..”. It’s been a mere 243 years since “REBELS WITH A CAUSE” sent a note back to a “ANGRY WHITE MAN” named “King” George declaring their INTENT.. #declarationofindependence .. A LOT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THEN.. some very awful things .. ( slavery, massacre of native Americans, turning away Jewish refugees..”ignoring” Hitler until the Japanese made sure Roosevelt got the message .. on and on..WE HAVE SEEN “THIS” BEFORE..💔. THINGS TURN AROUND WHEN GOOD PEOPLE INTERVENE ...(shout out to Abraham Lincoln as a prime example) ❤️. TRUMP IS ANGRY .. not at the people he rails against .. but he seethes inside at the OLD MAN WITHOUT PURPOSE AND MEANING .. he’s never had that .. now ..he’s old .. his knees hurt.. he emotionally eats, wants attention, and cries out for the his “glory days”.. 1984... PITY HIM .. and learn from him.. Because  Only one thing is guaranteed .. we will all either grow older or Die.. He is SCARED.. he knows .. he has NOTHING .. HE IS NOTHING.. and so the ANGER RAINS OUT.. 💔. PITY THE OLD FOOL.. but it’s time.. TIME FOR THE GOOD PEOPLE TO STAND UP.. not on Twitter, not in private conversations on the subway.. not just reading the NY TIMES .. and shaking our heads .. ITS TIME.. TO PREVAIL.. ( spoiler alert.. not sure it’s the Democrats who are on the “side of the angels” either .. this is not that simple .. ) THIS IS ONE PERSON AT A TIME FEELING PITY AND DISGUST .. and ANGER..( not rage) .. Until we figure out who we can elect to help all of us CORRECT this .. SHOW UP, STAND UP.. SPEAK OUT.. CHANNEL YOUR INNER “CHILD OF THE 60s and 70s or your inner “1776” rebel.. GOOD PEOPLE ARE THE ANSWER.. THAT MUCH WE KNOW.. WORKS .. every time.. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#goodmorningpeople #notmypresident #angryoldman #americans #turningthisaround #timesup #enoughisenough #meaningfullife #americanhistory ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ nyc#nycwoman#nyclife#manhattanlife#realme#whoweare#nycwriter#nycblogger#writeon#writersofinstagram#writerscommunity #mystory#mystorycontinues#lifelessons#upperwestsidenyc#centralparknyc #centralparkwest#shareyourtruth ❤️
  • “DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON US..”. It’s been a mere 243 years since “REBELS WITH A CAUSE” sent a note back to a “ANGRY WHITE MAN” named “King” George declaring their INTENT.. #declarationofindependence .. A LOT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THEN.. some very awful things .. ( slavery, massacre of native Americans, turning away Jewish refugees..”ignoring” Hitler until the Japanese made sure Roosevelt got the message .. on and on..WE HAVE SEEN “THIS” BEFORE..💔. THINGS TURN AROUND WHEN GOOD PEOPLE INTERVENE ...(shout out to Abraham Lincoln as a prime example) ❤️. TRUMP IS ANGRY .. not at the people he rails against .. but he seethes inside at the OLD MAN WITHOUT PURPOSE AND MEANING .. he’s never had that .. now ..he’s old .. his knees hurt.. he emotionally eats, wants attention, and cries out for the his “glory days”.. 1984... PITY HIM .. and learn from him.. Because Only one thing is guaranteed .. we will all either grow older or Die.. He is SCARED.. he knows .. he has NOTHING .. HE IS NOTHING.. and so the ANGER RAINS OUT.. 💔. PITY THE OLD FOOL.. but it’s time.. TIME FOR THE GOOD PEOPLE TO STAND UP.. not on Twitter, not in private conversations on the subway.. not just reading the NY TIMES .. and shaking our heads .. ITS TIME.. TO PREVAIL.. ( spoiler alert.. not sure it’s the Democrats who are on the “side of the angels” either .. this is not that simple .. ) THIS IS ONE PERSON AT A TIME FEELING PITY AND DISGUST .. and ANGER..( not rage) .. Until we figure out who we can elect to help all of us CORRECT this .. SHOW UP, STAND UP.. SPEAK OUT.. CHANNEL YOUR INNER “CHILD OF THE 60s and 70s or your inner “1776” rebel.. GOOD PEOPLE ARE THE ANSWER.. THAT MUCH WE KNOW.. WORKS .. every time.. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #goodmorningpeople #notmypresident #angryoldman #americans #turningthisaround #timesup #enoughisenough #meaningfullife #americanhistory ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ nyc #nycwoman #nyclife #manhattanlife #realme #whoweare #nycwriter #nycblogger #writeon #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #mystory #mystorycontinues #lifelessons #upperwestsidenyc #centralparknyc #centralparkwest #shareyourtruth ❤️
  •  12  0  19 July, 2019
  • The first United States Secretary of State, the second Vice President of the United States, and the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, looking out across the water at his memorial in Washington D.C. Written on the wall behind him is an extract of the Declaration of Independence, a document which he helped draft.
  • The first United States Secretary of State, the second Vice President of the United States, and the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, looking out across the water at his memorial in Washington D.C. Written on the wall behind him is an extract of the Declaration of Independence, a document which he helped draft.
  •  15  1  19 July, 2019
  • The room America was born in. It was pretty amazing standing in that very same room the founders were in when they created the foundation of America. I also would have made the founders proud today by not following unconstitutional rules. 👌💯😈🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
  • The room America was born in. It was pretty amazing standing in that very same room the founders were in when they created the foundation of America. I also would have made the founders proud today by not following unconstitutional rules. 👌💯😈🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
  •  37  9  19 July, 2019
  • July 18th 1776, 243 years ago Today. Thomas Crafts read the Declaration of Independence from this balcony. The Old Sate House of Boston where six years earlier the Revolution began with the Boston Massacre.  I really find it interesting how politics have shaped our country and how we celebrate July 4th. Proclaiming that freedom and equality for all separate us from the rest.. We are not done, and although there is a lot of progress to celebrate not everyone is free, and similarly to the idea behind Juneteenth we cant truly 'celebrate freedom' until everyone is included.
  • July 18th 1776, 243 years ago Today. Thomas Crafts read the Declaration of Independence from this balcony. The Old Sate House of Boston where six years earlier the Revolution began with the Boston Massacre. I really find it interesting how politics have shaped our country and how we celebrate July 4th. Proclaiming that freedom and equality for all separate us from the rest.. We are not done, and although there is a lot of progress to celebrate not everyone is free, and similarly to the idea behind Juneteenth we cant truly 'celebrate freedom' until everyone is included.
  •  57  2  18 July, 2019

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  • Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

5 signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. 12 had their homes burned. 2 lost their sons in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. 9 of the 56 fought and died from wounds of the revolutionary war.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they? 24 were lawyers and jurists. 11 were merchants, 9 were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals/soldiers looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Nelson Jr., noted that the British Gen. Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his HQ. The owner quietly urged Gen. George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. 🇺🇸
  • Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

    5 signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. 12 had their homes burned. 2 lost their sons in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. 9 of the 56 fought and died from wounds of the revolutionary war.

    They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

    What kind of men were they? 24 were lawyers and jurists. 11 were merchants, 9 were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

    Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

    Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

    Vandals/soldiers looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

    At the battle of Yorktown, Nelson Jr., noted that the British Gen. Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his HQ. The owner quietly urged Gen. George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

    Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

    Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

    Such were the sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. 🇺🇸
  •  3,617  62  4 July, 2019
  • This Fourth of July we’re thinking of Abigail Adams, wife to John Adams (second U.S. President) and mother to John Quincy Adams (sixth U.S. President) who, in 1776 urged her Congressman husband and the other members of the Continental Congress — who were drafting the U.S. Declaration of Independence — to “remember the ladies” and grant them more rights. The future First Lady wrote in a letter to her husband, from whom she was often separated while he was doing political work: “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands.” But women were not mentioned in the document — and it would be nearly 150 years before women gained the right to vote. Take a second today, mid-stuffing your face with pie, to remember the ladies who came before us. 🇺🇸
  • This Fourth of July we’re thinking of Abigail Adams, wife to John Adams (second U.S. President) and mother to John Quincy Adams (sixth U.S. President) who, in 1776 urged her Congressman husband and the other members of the Continental Congress — who were drafting the U.S. Declaration of Independence — to “remember the ladies” and grant them more rights. The future First Lady wrote in a letter to her husband, from whom she was often separated while he was doing political work: “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands.” But women were not mentioned in the document — and it would be nearly 150 years before women gained the right to vote. Take a second today, mid-stuffing your face with pie, to remember the ladies who came before us. 🇺🇸
  •  6,754  35  4 July, 2019
  • Happy Independence Day weekend y’all! 🇺🇸
  • Happy Independence Day weekend y’all! 🇺🇸
  •  2,558  24  6 July, 2019