July 2nd–Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

On July 2nd 1776, the Continental Congress finally passed the resolution for the Declaration of Independence originally submitted by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.

Resolved,  That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.  That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign alliances.  That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.

On July 2nd 1788, Cyrus Griffin of Virginia, President of the U.S. Congress, announced that the new United States Constitution had been ratified by the required nine (9) states.  A committee was appointed to make preparations for the election of officials and the change of government.

Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle  http://arleneeakle.com

PS Free government requires time–to propose, to debate, to agree, and to sign into law.  Haste is never a prerequisite for governing.

PPS  July is my favorite month–and I was born in July.

 

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