This Day in History… September 24, 1755

Happy Birthday, John Marshall

US #263 is the key stamp of the 1894 Bureau issue – only about 6,251 stamps were issued!

America’s longest-serving chief justice of the Supreme Court, John Marshall, was born on September 24, 1755, in Germantown, Virginia. 

The eldest of fifteen children, Marshall only had one year of formal education as a child (during which time he befriended future president James Monroe).  Despite this, his parents encouraged his love of reading, and he read widely to educate himself. 

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This Day in History… September 23, 1899

Birth of Louise Nevelson

US #3379-83 picture details from some of Nevelson’s massive sculptures.

Sculptor Louise Nevelson was born Leah Berliawsky on September 23, 1899, in Pereiaslav, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire.

Nevelson’s father moved to the United States in the hopes of creating a better life for his family in 1902.  After spending some time in Kiev, Nevelson, her mother, and her siblings, joined her father in Rockland, Maine in 1905.  There, her father worked as a lumberjack before opening a successful lumberyard.  Because of this, the family often had a great deal of wood around the house, and it would later figure prominently in her art.

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This Day in History… September 22, 1989

Death of Irving Berlin 

US #3669 pictures Berlin with the score of “God Bless America.”

On September 22, 1989, legendary composer Irving Berlin died in New York City at the age of 101.

Berlin was born Israel Beilin on May 11, 1888, in Russia.  He was one of eight children of a Russian-Jewish cantor.  In 1893, his family moved to New York City in search of a better life.

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This Day in History… September 21, 1866

Buffalo Soldiers 

US #2818 was issued in conjunction with the Seventh National Convention of the Afro-American Postal Leaders United for Success.

On September 21, 1866, the 9th and 10th Cavalry units and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry units (later consolidated as the 24th and 25th Infantry) were formed.  The units were comprised entirely of black soldiers – the first to serve in a peacetime army.  They would come to be known as Buffalo Soldiers.

These two cavalry regiments and four infantry regiments were created by President Andrew Johnson and Congress after freed black slaves had proven their bravery during the Civil War.

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This Day in History… September 20, 2011

Save Vanishing Species Stamp 

US #B4 – pictures an Amur tiger

On September 20, 2011, the USPS issued its fourth Semipostal stamp, which raises money for wildlife conservation.

As early as 2000, the World Wildlife Fund and Wildlife Conservation Society proposed the USPS create a Semipostal stamp to help raise money for wildlife conservation.  Their efforts paid off when Congress passed the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Act of 2010.

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This Day in History… September 19, 1802

Birth of Lajos Kossuth  

US #1117 – from the Champions of Liberty Series

Hungarian lawyer, statesman, and Governor-President Lajos Kossuth was born on September 19, 1802, in Monok, Kingdom of Hungary.

Kossuth was the oldest of four children born into a Lutheran noble family.  Growing up, he spoke Hungarian, German, and Slovak, and studied at the University of Pest.

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