When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
From the Declaration of Independence.
One of the signers of that declaration was Samuel Huntington of Connecticut. The other signers from Connecticut were Roger Sherman, Oliver Wolcott and William Williams.
Huntington is not a well-known Founding Father, but he not only signed the Declaration of Independence, but served as president of the Continental Congress from 1779-81 and, later, as a popular governor of Connecticut (1786-96).
Because the Articles of Confederation went into effect during Huntington's term as president, some have called him the first president of the United States. This is a matter of some debate, of course. What is undeniable is that Huntington was a great patriot who served both his state and his country well. As president, Huntington oversaw some of the darkest days of the Revolutionary War, and as governor of Connecticut he helped the state to ratify the Constitution.
So here's to Samuel Huntington, a great Nutmegger and a great American.
Happy 4th, everyone!