Author Archive | Bill Federer

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Early patriot was ‘pessimistic’ about American experiment

Fisher Ames He sat next to George Washington in the pew at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York during the religious service following Washington’s presidential inauguration. He helped ratify the U.S. Constitution. His name was Fisher Ames. Fisher Ames was a Congressman from Massachusetts where, on Aug. 20, 1789, he proposed as the wording of […]

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What Frodo Baggins, George Washington had in common

Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in “The Lord of the Rings” “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien describes man’s insatiable lust for “the Ring of Power,” as Gandalf exclaimed: “Always remember Frodo, the ring is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be found.” When Frodo offered the ring to […]

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The Founding Father you never heard of

John Langdon, first governor of New Hampshire John Langdon was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1741 and grew up as a member of the North Congregational Church, where his distant relative, future Harvard President Rev. Samuel Langdon was pastor from 1747-1774. Other notable individuals who had worshiped at North Congregational Church include: William Whipple […]

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Was America’s formation a miracle?

George Washington kneeling in prayer “Done…the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.” This is the last line of the U.S. Constitution. Signer of the Constitution James McHenry noted in a diary entry (published in the American Historical Review, 1906), that after Ben Franklin left […]

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Best government: Top-down or bottom-up?

Sept. 16, 1620, according to the Gregorian Calendar, 102 passengers set sail on the Pilgrims’ ship, Mayflower, with the blessings of their separatist pastor, John Robinson. Their 66-day journey of 2,750 miles encountered storms so rough the beam supporting the main mast cracked and was propped back in place with “a great iron screw.” One […]

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William Taft: Big president, big ideas

William H. Taft He was the only U.S. president to be appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was William Howard Taft, born Sept. 15, 1857. After the Spanish-American War, Taft was appointed by President McKinley as the first governor of the Philippines, 1901-04. President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Taft as Secretary of […]

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Harvard University’s departure from original goal

Harvard John Harvard’s grandfather lived in Stratford-upon-Avon and was an associate of Shakespeare’s father. Harvard’s father was a butcher and tavern owner. Most of his family died when a plague swept England in 1625. His mother and surviving brother died not long after, leaving him the entire family estate. John Harvard attended Emmanuel College in […]

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Classic communist tactic: Forget or rewrite history

Francis Scott Key after the bombing of Fort McHenry On Sept. 13, 1814, just weeks after they burned the U.S. Capitol, British forces attacked Baltimore, Maryland – the third largest city in America. Britain had the largest global empire in world history, controlling 13 million square miles – almost a quarter of the Earth’s land […]

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Original intent of ‘militia’ – not what liberals think

The dean of the University of Michigan Law School was Thomas McIntyre Cooley, who died Sept. 12, 1898. Thomas M. Cooley was chief justice of Michigan’s Supreme Court (1864-1885), president of the American Bar Association (1893-1894), and the first chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission (1887). Thomas Cooley’s commentaries were influential in shaping American law. […]

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Sept. 11: A day of infamy throughout history

Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001 Sept. 11, 1565 In 1565, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent dominated the Mediterranean, with intentions of not only invading Sicily, Sardinia, Majorca, and southern Spain, but Rome itself. The only thing standing in his way was the small rocky Island of Malta just south of Sicily, defended by the Knights […]

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