Today in American history…Anna Harrison was born on July 25, 1775. She was only First Lady for a very short time (one month) due to her husband President William Henry Harrison’s untimely death soon after his inauguration in 1841. She sadly holds the record of ones shortest time as First Lady. She was also the oldest First Lady upon her husbands election (she was 65 years old. The other day we celebrated the youngest – Frances Cleveland who was 21). Mrs Harrison is also the very last First Lady born in “British America.”
Today in American history…four condemned prisoners were executed for their part in the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln. It was a hot Summer day on July 7, 1865 in our Nations Capitol – kind of like the one we are having today.
The condemned were Mary Surratt – the first woman to be executed by the federal government – Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt and David Herold.
No one believed Mrs. Surratt would be executed and many thought would receive a reprieve at the last moment. The noose that was made for her even had less rings on it because the person making the noose commented that why bother? She would be let go anyway, he thought.
To this day, Mrs Surratt is a complex historical figure. Did she indeed hatch the plot with the others? Or was she just an innocent bystander?
Having a wonderful time visiting Colonial Williamsburg. What a great way to celebrate our Nations independence 🇺🇸
We all know about Independence Day – the day we declared our independence from Great Britain.
July 4, 1776.
But what about July 2, 1776? Did you know that many believed July 2nd should be celebrated as our day of independence?
On July 2nd, 1776, the Second Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia and voted for independence using Richard Henry Lee’s resolution in an almost unanimous motion except for New York.
John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail in a letter dated on July 3rd:
“the Second of July, 1776, will be the most Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.”
The document was then edited by Thomas Jefferson, and the new date would then be July 4, 1776.