Are your children passionate about history? Passionate about discovering the unknown patriots to whom we owe our very lives? This Independence Day, read on to discover one unknown patriot who just might inspire some passion for history you never knew you or your children possessed!
I’m passionate about the unknown–for the possibilites behind it intrigue and excite me. The possibility of finding the book in the ceiling-high shelves of dusty paperbacks. The possibility of meeting a kindred spirit in a room full of strangers. The possibility of discovering someone—my own private hero—whom history has forgotten and libraries ignore–someone you have never heard of and only Google seems to remember anymore.
- He was the James Brady of his day: the sort of fellow who would take the position of comissary general—one that was unpopular, unpleasant, and without glory—and spend $45,000 of his own money because he could not bear to watch the American prisoners suffer without food and basic necessities while Congress deliberated. He is the sort of man who said in the Provincial Congress of New Jersey:
- He was the Ronald Reagan of his day—the sort of man that all looked up to and decided that he should be President of the United States—and so they voted him the fourth President of the United States in a time when all could be gained or everything his predecessors had worked for could be lost through one misstep.
- He was the “10th leper” of his day—the sort of man, with all things pressing on him and pulling him, who would take the time to make one of his first acts of president the writing of a letter of thanks to the former president.
- He was the Voddie Baucham of his day—the sort of man who would read The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine and not let his incense die away after shaking his head against it. No—he had to write a 333 page point-by-point rebuttal of Paine’s illogical attack on religion and dedicate it to his daughter, that she might under no circumstances be led astray and that she might be ready to give an answer always. The Age of Revelation or The Age of Reason shewn to be An Age of Infidelity was the stunning result.
I am talking about the Billy Graham of his day—the man who founded the American Bible Society from his sickbed, donated $10,000, and was its first president so that he could promote Christianity among the poor.
He was the William Wilberforce of his day—a benefactor to the Indians, passionate about their education, and unequivocally opposed to slavery.
Lauren’s best friends are her family–her parents, Steve and Jennifer, and her siblings. She is passionate about history, good music, and being a feminine woman in a feminist culture. You’ll find her blogging at One Bright Corner with her twin sister, Mikaela and typing behind-the-scenes on the Christian Heritage blog and newsletter. When she’s not doing that, she loves running her music studio, being outside, and ministering with her family!
“Fireworks in front of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument” © 2011 William Marlow. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/.