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This is the grave of William Findley. Probably born in 1741 in County Ulster in Ireland, Findley emigrated to the American colonies in 1763. He moved to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in 1768 and became a farmer and a weaver. He joined the Patriot cause in the American Revolution, starting as a private in the local […]
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This is the grave of James Monroe. Born in 1758 in Westmoreland County, Virginia to a middling family, unlike most of the Virginia elite that would so dominate the post-Revolution nation, Monroe’s family still needed their boy’s labor on the farm, so he only received a few months’ schooling a year. When his parents died […]
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This is the grave of Elbridge Gerry. Born in 1744 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Gerry grew up in a Massachusetts elite merchant family. He gradated from Harvard in 1762 and received an M.A. from the same institution in 1765. He was an early supporter of anti-British sentiment, working with Sam Adams, John Hancock, and others by […]
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Visions of Early America

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On June 19, 2016
It’s Sunday night and I’m watching the first good game of the NBA Finals. Of course, I am also paying attention to the American past and want to alert you to this series of interesting literature from the early American period. There is an account of a Revolutionary War soldier taken prisoner after a 1777 […]
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