Rulers and Patriots
12" Wooden Ruler made in U.S.A. of American-grown basswood.
This ruler celebrates important players on the American side before, during and shortly after the Revolutionary War in which the English colonies on the East Coast of North America gained their independence. It does not mention King George III or any members of the British military, nor does it mention any colonists who were sympathetic to the British cause. Patriots were colonists who rejected British rule and declared the United States of America as an independent nation in July 1776.
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) has been called the "Father of the American Revolution" because he took an early stand against Britain rule. His writings and speeches drew many other American colonists into the fight for freedom. Crispus Attucks (1723-1770), of African and Native American descent, is widely regarded as the first casualty of the American Revolution when he was killed in the Boston Massacre in 1770.
Americans will recognize many names on this ruler from the study of American history, none less than Paul Revere ((1735?-1818). It is well known that Revere was an accomplished silversmith, but did you know that he also practiced dentistry? When you think about it, the two professions have a lot in common!
Women played an important role in the revolution. Our ruler lists Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) who wrote poems and plays attacking British authority, Mary Goddard (1738-1816), postmaster in Baltimore and printer of the Declaration of Independence, and Margaret Corbin (1751-1800) who fought defending Fort Washington at the northern end of Manhattan and later became the first woman to receive a pension from Congress for military service.
For each individual on the ruler we have listed their birth and death years, if known, as well as their contribution to the revolutionary cause. The order is by year of birth.
The “head” needs no introduction. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was a spokesman in London for several of the colonies and later United States ambassador to France. A true Renaissance man, he was also an author, inventor, political theorist, and printer. Our image is taken from an engraving made by Henry Bryan Hall (1808-1884) that in itself is based on a painting of Franklin made c. 1785 by Joseph-Siffred Duplessis (1725-1802).
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