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The First Public Voice was a Scottish Fellow #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

The First Public Voice was a Scottish Fellow

Map of UlsterGeorge Bancroft, known for his New England predictions, said: "We shall find the first voice publicly raised in America to dissolve all connection with Great Britain, came not from the Puritans of New England, or the Dutch of New York, or the planters of Virginia, but from Scotch-Irish Presbyterians." It was Patrick Henry, a Scot, who kindled the popular flame for independence. The foremost was descended from those Scots driven out of Ulster by bishops and Lord Donegal & Company. The distinguished place which men of Scottish or of Ulster origin had asserted for themselves in the councils of the Colonies was not lost when the Colonies became independent States. Among the first of the thirteen original States two-thirds were of either Scottish or Ulster-Scottish origin. Of the men who have filled the great office of President of the United States, eleven out of the whole twenty-five come under the same category. About half the Secretaries of the Treasury of the Government of the United States have been of Scottish descent, and nearly a third of the Secretaries of State.  . . . more . . .

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