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This Day In Founding Fathers History – 11 April
On this day in 1783, the Continental Congress received a proclamation from Benjamin Franklin regarding the agreement between the U.S. and Britain, “declaring the cessation of arms, as well by sea as by land, agreed upon between the United States of America and his Britannic Majesty.” A provisional copy of the Treaty of Paris had been received by Congress and they claimed a formal end to the war. 1
One notable birthday on this day in 1794, that of Edward Everett. Everett was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard. Known for his oratorical skills, he served ten years in Congress as a Whig and was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1836. He later served as Secretary of State in the Fillmore administration after Daniel Webster’s death. He then served in the Senate and was an unsuccessful candidate for vice president with John Bell in 1860, dying a few years later. 2
1 “Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, Friday, April 11, 1783,” Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/hlaw:@field(DOCID+@lit(jc024114))
2 “Edward Everett,” http://www.mass.gov/portal/government-taxes/laws/interactive-state-house/historical/governors-of-massachusetts/commonwealth-of-massachusetts-1780-1850/edward-everett-1794-1865.html; “Everett, Edward,” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=e000264