Patriot Haym Solomon

January 24, 2008

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Haym Solomon (Salomon) was born in Poland about 1740. At the beginning of America’s Revolution, Mr. Solomon was operating a financial brokerage in New York City. He immediately sided with the Sons of Liberty, and in 1776, was arrested by the British as a spy, and was required to serve them as a German interpreter for Hessian soldiers. However, at the same time he was helping prisoners of the British to escape and encouraging German soldiers to desert. When this was discovered in 1778, the British sentenced him to death. He was able to escape to Philadelphia, which was controlled by the American rebels, and there he resumed his brokerage enterprises.

Solomon was an influential member of the Mikveh Israel congregation, founded in 1740, in Philadelphia and he was a leader in the fight to overturn restrictive Pennsylvania laws barring non-Christians from holding public office. He married Rachel Franks in 1777, and they had four children together.

Haym Solomon performed patriotic service to his adopted land in both New York and Pennsylvania by helping to finance the war. He loaned and contributed large sums of money to the cause of liberty during the American Revolution. He lived at both New York City and Philadelphia and died in that latter city on 6 January 1785, penniless, probably as a result of his loans to the American government. His descendants were never successful in obtaining compensation from Congress for his financial sacrifices.

The remains of Haym Solomon now repose at Mikveh Israel Cemetery. From the photograph, it appears that his grave or place of burial was marked by the Haym Solomon Masonic Lodge in 1976. In the past 100+ years numerous of his female descendants have joined the Daughters of the American Revolution on his service.

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The Liberty Bell

August 4, 2006

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Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” ~~Leviticus 25:10

Those prophetic words were engraved upon the bronze bell when it was originally cast in 1751, for the Pennsylvania State House, now Independence Hall. It is a wonderful icon of America, as it has such an unbelievable history. It cracked when first rung, it was broken up and recast at least twice. It never rang clear and bright as such bells are meant to do; it always seemed to clang the many times it was used for public announcements.

However, the world remembers this bell for its glorious heralding of America’s independence on the day when the Unanimous Declaration was read publicly for the first time, July 8th, 1776. During the subsequent War with Britain, the bell was removed and hidden under a floor in Allentown, so that the enemy could not melt it down for cannon balls. After America’s wars for Independence were won, slavery abolitionists adopted it as their own icon, dubbing it “The Liberty Bell”. Long after the American Revolution, in 1846, at a celebration of the birthday of George Washington, the bell cracked again. It was never again rung, and hung silent all through the years of America’s wrenching War Between the States.

However, the role of the great bell in American history was not finished. After the surrender at Appomattox and the return of the Blue and the Grey boys to their home states, The Liberty Bell embarked upon a new journey, a journey of healing. The great bell travelled all around the country to expositions and fairs as a reminder to all Americans of their earlier history when they fought and worked together for America’s independence. Finally, in 1915, the great bell made its way home to Philadelphia where it has remained ever since.

The Liberty Bell weighs about 2000 pounds and is composed of 70% copper, 25% tin, and small amounts of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold, and silver. It hangs from what is believed to be its original yoke, made from the great American elm tree.

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Tomb of Benjamin Franklin

July 23, 2006

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The grave of Benjamin Franklin and his wife, Deborah lay beside the grave of their daughter and her husband at Christ Church Cemetery, Philadelphia. Franklin said “A penny saved is a penny earned”, yet visitors throw pennies on his grave. It is said that the discarded pennies amount to about $6,000 each year, which is donated to the poor. A section of the wall has been cut out next to his grave so that visitors can see it at all times.

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Betsy Ross House

July 6, 2006

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home of the “supposed” maker of the first US flag.

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The Signing

July 3, 2006

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of the Declaration of Independence

John Trumbull
Oil on canvas, 12′ x 18′
Commissioned 1817; purchased 1819; placed 1826 Rotunda

“The first painting that Trumbull completed for the Rotunda shows the signing of the Declaration of Independence in what is now called Independence Hall, Philadelphia, on July 4, 1776. The painting features the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence–John Adams, Robert Sherman, Thomas Jefferson (presenting the document), and Benjamin Franklin–standing before John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress. The painting includes portraits of 42 of the 56 signers and 5 other patriots. The artist sketched the individuals and the room from life.” ~~ragdaltx at Flickr

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Independence Hall

July 3, 2006

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Birthplace of the United States of America

At this stately building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, thirteen British colonies became a new nation.

Today Independence Hall seems almost miniature with the modern city of Philadelphia that has grown around it. However, during the formative years of a new nation, Philadelphia’s Independence Hall played a giant role as the birthplace of the United States. The documents written and approved by the patriots who met here created the foundations of a government which has stood for 230 years.

When it was built in 1732, Independence Hall was considered a most ambitious project for the colonials. Finished in 1756, it served as the capitol building of the Colony of Pennsylvania. The Second Continental Congress met here in 1775. That illustrious body adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document was first read in public in Independence Square four days later.

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Betsy Ross House

May 8, 2006


Betsy Ross lived at Arch Street near Second,
Her sewing was very, very fine.
George Washington paid her a visit,
To order a brand new flag.

Six white stripes and seven pretty red ones,
Thirteen white stars in a field of blue.
It was the first flag our country ever floated.
Three cheers for the red, white and blue.

The words of a song, as remembered by Daughter of Revolution from her shool days at Alexander Hamiliton School #65, Baltimore, Maryland.

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