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This Day In Founding Fathers History – 18 March

Stamp ActOn this day in 1766, British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act. 1

In 1788 on this day, Federalist No. 71, “The Duration in Office of the Executive,” authored by Alexander Hamilton was published in the New York Packet. 2

John C. CalhounOne notable birthday on this day in 1782, that of John C. Calhoun, born near Abbeville, South Carolina. Calhoun served as a congressman, senator, secretary of war, secretary of state and vice president. He also made several bids for the presidency. On his last run, his campaign slogan was: “Free trade; low duties; no debt; separation from banks; economy; retrenchment, and strict adherence to the constitution.” 3

Grover Cleveland

Another birthday on this day in 1837, that of Grover Cleveland. Cleveland was first elected mayor of Buffalo and governor of New York before being elected president. Cleveland was the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms, as the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He was a bachelor when elected president and married while in office. 4

1 “Great Britain: Parliament – An Act Repealing the Stamp Act; March 18, 1766,” The Avalon Project, Yale Law School,

2 “The Federalist No. 71,”
3 “John C. Calhoun,” Clemson University,; “John C. Calhoun, 7th Vice President,”
4 “American President: Grover Cleveland,” Miller Center University of Virginia,; “Grover Cleveland,”

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