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This Day in History… November 12, 1815

Birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

US #959 was issued on the 100th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention. Click the image to order.

Suffragist and abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York. 

Stanton came from a prominent family and was the daughter of a lawyer and assemblyman.  Her long talks with her father gave her a good informal knowledge of the laws of the day.

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This Day in History… November 11, 1885

Birth of General George Patton

US #1026 pictures Patton and two of the tanks named in his honor.

George Smith Patton, Jr. was born on November 11, 1885, in San Gabriel, California.

Patton belonged to a prominent military family, with ancestors participating in Revolutionary and Civil War battles.  Though he had difficulty learning to read and write as a child, Patton soon became an avid reader with a determined interest in military history, particularly Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Napoleon Bonaparte, and family friend John S. Mosby (the “Gray Ghost” cavalry leader from the Civil War).

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This Day in History… November 10, 1954

Opening of USMC War Memorial

US #929 was issued just five months after the flag-raising.

On November 10, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower presided over the dedication and official opening of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial.

The history of the memorial is very closely aligned with the famous image that stands as its centerpiece, the flag-raising at Iwo Jima.  That iconic flag-raising occurred on February 23, 1945.

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This Day in History… November 9, 1918

Moina Michael’s Poppy Campaign

US #977 was issued on this day in 1948.

On November 9, 1918, Moina Michael penned her poem, “We Shall Keep the Faith,” and resolved to wear a red poppy every day in remembrance of the fallen.

Moina Michael was born on August 15, 1869, in Good Hope, Georgia.  She began teaching in 1885 and also studied at Columbia University in New York City in 1912.

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This Day in History… November 8, 1908

Happy Birthday, Martha Gellhorn

US #4248 from the 2008 American Journalists set.

One of the world’s first female war correspondents, Martha Ellis Gellhorn, was born on November 8, 1908, in St. Louis, Missouri.

After graduating from high school in 1926, Gellhorn attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.  However, she left the school the following year to work as a journalist.  Her first articles were published in The New Republic

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This Day in History… November 7, 1728

Birth of Explorer James Cook

US #1732 was issued for the 200th anniversary of Cook’s voyages to Hawaii and Alaska in 1778.

British explorer and navigator Captain James Cook was born on November 7, 1728 (October 27 in the Old Style calendar), in Marton, Yorkshire, England. 

Cook attended school for five years before leaving to work with his father on a farm.  At age 16, Cook found a job as a shop boy in a fishing village.  He soon realized he wasn’t suited to this work, but instead, was drawn to the sea.

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