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John Quincy Adams

July 11, 1767 - February 23, 1848
"Why is it that next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the 4th of July]? Is is not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth? That is laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?"source: "An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport at their Request on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence", July 4, 1837, (Newburyport: Charles Whipple, 1837), p. 5Christianity, U.S. - Christian Nation, Separation of Church and State

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