Independence Hall, once known as the Old State House, took 21 years to build after ground was first broken on the project in 1732. This is because the provincial government paid for it little by little. The planning and construction were also contentious, as the committee members responsible for the hall often disagreed.Know More
The Second Continental Congress met in Independence Hall in May 1775, and chose George Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. The building hosted the U.S. Congress on and off until 1783, when it finally moved to Princeton, N.J.
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed inside Independence Hall. The Liberty Bell most likely proclaimed the event from the building's bell tower on July 8.
The U.S. Constitution was signed at Independence Hall after being drafted and debated by delegates from all 13 colonies, save Rhode Island. The debate over independence went on from May to September 1787. During this time, the windows of Independence Hall were kept closed during the debates, even in the heat of summer, so no one could eavesdrop on the proceedings.
The body of Abraham Lincoln lay in state in Independence Hall's Assembly Room between April 22 and 24, 1865.Learn more about US History
Fascinated by the American struggle for independence, the young Marquis de Lafayette traveled to the United States and became a friend of George Washington and a hero in the Revolutionary War. When he returned to France, he first served King Louis XVI in the Assembly of Notables and later served in the Chamber of Deputies for Napoleon. He was the first foreigner granted honorary U.S. citizenship.Full Answer >
Probably the most interesting fact about Molly Pitcher is that historians do not agree about exactly who she was or even if she existed. "Molly Pitcher" is a generic name assigned to women who brought soldiers pitchers of water during the Revolutionary War. It is generally accepted that the Molly Pitcher of historic lore is Mary Ludwig Hayes.Full Answer >
Some interesting facts about Eleanor Roosevelt include: her father was an alcoholic, she was the first First Lady to become an active participant in her husband's politics and she knew Franklin Roosevelt as a child. Eleanor Roosevelt was also a humanitarian activist during, before and after her husband's presidency.Full Answer >
Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, was an illegitimate orphan born in the West Indies who grew up to marry Elizabeth Schuyler, daughter of the wealthiest man in New York State. He became General George Washington's aide-de-camp at the age of 22 and became the first Secretary of the Treasury at the age of 34.Full Answer >