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This Day In Founders History – 14 August
In 1776 on this day, the Continental Congress resolved to offer all deserters of the British army refuge, stating, “Resolved, Therefore, that these states will receive all such foreigners who shall leave the armies of his Britannic majesty in America, and shall chuse to become members of any of these states; that they shall be protected in the free exercise of their respective religions, and be invested with the rights, privileges and immunities of natives, as established by the laws of these states; and, moreover, that this Congress will provide, for every such person, 50 Acres of unappropriated lands in some of these states, to be held by him and his heirs in absolute property.”
On this day in 1779, the Continental Congress approved a peace proposal that called for independence, delineated the boundaries of the United States, free navigation of the Mississippi River, as well as evacuation of North America by the British.
One notable birthday on this day in history in 1734, that of Thomas Sumter. Sumter started as a member of the Virginia militia and later climbed the ranks in the South Carolina militia to become Brigadier General. “The Carolina Gamecock” was the nickname given to Sumter for his fierce fighting tactics during the Revolutionary War. After the war, Sumter was elected to the House of Representatives and later to the Senate.