American Minute with Bill Federer
- Don't Give Up The Ship! were the dying words uttered this day, June 1, 1813 by Captain James Lawrence, as he lay on the deck of the U.S. Frigate Chesapeake. The British had bombarded them as they sailed out of Boston during the War of 1812. Captain Oliver Hazard Perry was so taken by his courage that he named his flagship on Lake Eire "Lawrence" and put Captain Lawrence's dying words on his battle flag. It later became the slogan of the U.S. Navy. After a great victory on Lake Eire, Captain Perry stated: "The prayers of my wife are answered."
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- He entered Yale College at age 13 and graduated with honors. He became
a pastor, and his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God"
started the Great Awakening, a revival that swept America, uniting the
colonies prior to the Revolution. He became President of Yale College.
His name was Jonathan Edwards, born this day, October 5, 1703.
Jonathan married Sarah Pierrepont, and their descendants included: a
U.S. Vice-President, 3 U.S. Senators, 3 governors, 3 mayors, 13
college presidents, 30 judges, 65 professors, 80 public office
holders, 100 lawyers, and nearly 100 missionaries.