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This is the grave of John Hancock. Born in 1737 in Braintree, Massachusetts to a prosperous and slave owning family, Hancock’s father died when he was 7, but he went to live with his uncle, who ran a successful import business. He and his aunt raised him in comfort. Hancock enrolled at Harvard in 1750 […]
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This is the grave of Samuel Adams. Born in 1722 in Boston, Adams started Harvard in 1736. Disappointing his parents, he took a greater interest in politics than the ministry. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1740 and a master’s in 1743. Unable to focus on business because of his political interests, he failed a […]
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This is the grave of Roger Sherman. Born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1721, Roger Sherman moved with his family to Connecticut in 1743, where he rapidly rose in the colony’s political scene. He had little formal education but picked up the law in his 30s. He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1755-58 […]
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American Secularism

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On May 30, 2016
For your evening reading, check out this Sam Haselby discussion of the United States as a secularist nation, including understanding its Protestant intellectual origins, the heresy of men like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in pressing for it as the state non-religion for the new nation, and why their goal mostly failed but did not […]
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