Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...Society, and was chosen vice president of that institution; in which oflice lie continued until the close of his useful life. The business of agriculture, as a science, engaged much of his attention; and in its favor he uniformly showed much interest; and in truth, few things seem to have escaped his notice, which presented a prospect of advancing the prosperity and happiness of his country. Having filled up many years with numerous acts of public and private usefulness, this worthy patriot and estimable philanthropist closed a long and laborious life, on the twentythird day of January, in the seventy-fourth year of his age. During that long period of intercourse with his fellow men, both in public and private life, his moral character was considered irreproachable. Fins gentleman was a native of Ireland, and came to America, when he was quite a lad, and one of a numerous family of children, for whom his father, a respectable farmer, sought a settlement in this new world. As no record of his birth has been preserved, and since he preserved its date an inviolable secret, which he carried with him to his grave, there are no means of ascertaining precisely his age. The most that is clearly known respecting it.s, that he was born early in the eighteenth century, proba bly between 1712 and 1720. The residence which the father selected for the settlement of his family, was on the west side ofthe Susquehannah River. He there lived to see his children comfortably provided for, and died in 1761, leaving behind him a respectable character, for honesty and benevolence. James, the subject of this memoir, was the second son, and his father concluded to give him an opportunity for acquiring an education superior to what was common at that time in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236803167
  • 9781236803160