This Day in History

This Day in History… January 16, 1786

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom 

US #1099 was issued for the 300th anniversary of the “Flushing Remonstrance.”

On January 16, 1786, Virginia enacted Thomas Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom.

Since the first British settlers arrived in Virginia in 1607, the official church of the colony had been the Church of England.  Citizens were required to attend the church’s services and pay taxes to support the ministers.

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This Day in History… January 15, 1902

Founding of the 4-H Club

US #1005 was issued on this day in 1952.

On January 15, 1902, one of the first clubs to resemble the 4-H club was founded in Ohio.

In the late 1800s, it wasn’t uncommon for individuals and groups to create clubs for children to help them appreciate farming and nature.  While it’s unclear who was the first to create such a group, 4-H Club recognizes A.B. Graham as one of the early founders.

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This Day in History… January 14, 1784

Ratification Day 

US #2052 was issued for the 200th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris. Click the image to order.

On January 14, 1784, the Confederation Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the American Revolutionary War.

In 1782, it became apparent to the British that the Colonies would soon win their independence.  Negotiations began in Paris that April.  John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay represented the United States and Davis Hartley, a member of the parliament, spoke on behalf of King George III.

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This Day in History… January 13, 1832

Birth of Horatio Alger 

US #2010 pictures some of Alger’s “rags to riches” characters. Click the image to order.

Horatio Alger, Jr. was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on January 13, 1832.

Alger was the son of a Unitarian minister and his forefathers had settled Plymouth, attended the Constitutional Convention, and fought in the War of 1812.

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This Day in History… January 12, 1983

Return of Official Mail Stamps 

US #O127 was issued on this day in 1983.  Click the image to order.

On January 12, 1983, Official Mail stamps were issued for the first time in 72 years.

The roots of Official stamps stretch back nearly 200 years.  In 1791, Congress met and passed an act establishing post offices and routes in the United States. One of the clauses of the act allowed for franking privileges.

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This Day in History… January 11, 1885

Birth of Alice Paul

US #2943 was the first 78¢ US stamp.

Suffragist Alice Paul was born on January 11, 1885, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

The oldest of four children, she was a descendant of William Penn (the founder of Pennsylvania).  Paul first became acquainted with the suffrage movement through her mother, a member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and would attend their meetings as a child.

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