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This Day In Founding Fathers History – 14 January 2013

On this day in 1784, the Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, establishing boundaries, and recognizing America as an independent nation. The treaty had been signed on 3 September the previous year but not ratified by Congress until 14 January. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay signed the treaty representing America and David Hartley representing the British crown. 1

One notable birthday on this day in history in 1730, that of William Whipple. Whipple received a modest education and then traveled the West Indies, amassing a substantial fortune. At the age of 29, he and his brother went into business together in Portsmouth. He was elected to many local offices, then the provincial congress and later the Continental Congress as a delegate from New Hampshire, where he signed the Declaration of Independence. In 1777, Whipple was appointed a brigadier general, and led troops in several major battles. He later held several positions with the New Hampshire state government and served as a state judge until his health forced retirement. 2

1 “Primary Documents in American History – Treaty of Paris,”
2 “William Whipple,”


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What is your thought that Texas v White is not valid because the court case was unlawful in federal court because Texas was not reinstated in the Union until 1870 could that make the case invalid?Without jurisdiction the supreme court should have not heard the case the dissenting opinion comes to that point.

Mike Blasey

“and recognizing America as an independent nation.” were we not 13 nations?

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