Important stuff they don’t teach you in school

 William Whipple, from New Hampshire,  was an original signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was a merchant, a judge, a Revolutionary War General and a member of the Continental Congress.

from Yahoo.com: Whipple freed his slave, Prince Whipple, who had fought with him in the war and was one of a group of slaves who had petitioned the Legislature for their freedom. Prince Whipple also is buried in the Old North Cemetery.

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4 responses to “Important stuff they don’t teach you in school

  • Jon Martinez

    also, the famous painting of them crossing the Delaware was painted in Germany almost 75 years after the war ‘ended’. hard to say who was really there.

  • Important stuff they don’t teach you in school (via Diary of a Mad Conservative) | Citizen Tom

    […] Important stuff they don’t teach you in school (via Diary of a Mad Conservative) Posted on July 6, 2011 by Citizen Tom  William Whipple, from New Hampshire,  was an original signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was a merchant, a judge, a Revolutionary War General and a member of the Continental Congress. from Yahoo.com: Whipple freed his slave, Prince Whipple, who had fought with him in the war and was one of a group of slaves who had petitioned the Legislature for their freedom. Prince Whipple also is buried in the Old North Cemetery. … Read More […]

  • Dena

    If memory serves, Prince Whipple was also one of the people represented in the painting of Washington crossing the Delaware. Do I have that right?

    • roxannadanna

      Here’s your answer 😉 and your memory is pretty good:

      [T]he rower by Washington’s knee, who is a person of color, is said to be a man named Prince Whipple. Though Prince Whipple was an African who served in the Revolution, there is no documentation to state that Prince Whipple was present at the crossing. There were many people of color present at the crossing as the Marbleheader unit from Massachusetts was a well integrated group of seafaring men. They took the lead role in rowing General Washington and his troops across the River.
      from here: http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/history/whatswrong.htm

      However, this is probably not Prince because he was an aide to William Whipple during the war and from what I’ve read, William was not at the crossing.

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