Government

1890 10¢ Webster, green stamp
January 18, 1782

Birth of Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury (now Franklin), New Hampshire on January 18, 1782.  A successful lawyer and statesman, he negotiated an important treaty with Canada and served as Secretary of State under three presidents. 

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1990 25¢ Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stamp
January 12, 1953

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

On January 12, 1953, Cape Hatteras became America’s first national seashore. Stretched over 70 miles of barrier islands, this seashore is a fascinating combination of natural and cultural resources.

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1995 78¢ Alice Paul stamp
January 11, 1885

Birth of Alice Paul

Alice Paul was born on January 11, 1885, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  Paul was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, staging protests and parades to gain support for the right to vote. 

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1962 4¢ Sam Rayburn stamp
January 6, 1882

Birth of Sam Rayburn

Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn was born on January 6, 1882, in Kingston, Tennessee. Famous for his integrity, Rayburn served as Speaker of the House of Representatives longer than anyone else and spent 49 consecutive years in Congress.

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1953 3¢ Gadsden Purchase stamp
December 30, 1853

Gadsden Purchase Settles Border Dispute

On December 30, 1853, the Gadsden Purchase was completed, adding over 29,000 square miles of land to the United States.

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1994 29¢ Native American Culture stamp
December 29, 1890

Wounded Knee Massacre

On December 29, 1890, one of the last major American Indian battles occurred at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. The Wounded Knee Massacre saw the deaths of over 200 Lakota men, women, and children.

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1957 3¢ Religious Freedom stamp
December 27, 1657

Flushing Remonstrance 

On December 27, 1657, a group of 30 people in Vlishing, New Netherland, signed the Flushing Remonstrance, a plea for religious freedom.

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1980 40¢ Philip Mazzei stamp
December 25, 1730

Birth of Philip Mazzei

Italian physician, merchant, horticulturalist and close friend of President Thomas Jefferson, Philip Mazzei was born on December 25, 1730, in Poggio a Caiano (Prato) in Tuscany.

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1999 55¢ General William “Billy” Mitchell stamp
December 17, 1925

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell

On December 17, 1925, the seven-week court-martial of World War I aviation pioneer Billy Mitchell came to an end.  He was charged for his public criticism of the military in its rejection of the importance of air power.

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