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Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Hancock


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Outside Independence Hall when

the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended,

Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin,

"Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?"

With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded,

"A republic, if you can keep it."

-- Benjamin Franklin

(1706-1790) US Founding Father


Source: as recorded by Constitution signer James McHenry in a diary entry.




"I answered that the die was now cast; I had passed the Rubicon.

Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country

was my unalterable determination."

-- John Adams

(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

Source: Mr. Adams, describing a conversation with Jonathan Sewall in 1774, Ref: Webster's Works, vol. iv. p. 8.




"There, I guess King George will be able to read that."

-- John Hancock

(1737-1793) American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution, Scholar President of the Continental Congress (1775-1777), governor of Massachussets, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, remembered for his large and stylish signature on the Declaration of Independence

Source: Remark on signing American Declaration of Independence


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