Government

1960 4¢ American Credo: George Washington stamp
September 19, 1796

Washington’s Farewell Address

On September 19, 1796, the American Daily Advertiser published President George Washington’s Farewell Address for the first time.  It’s considered one of the most important documents in United States history.

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2009 44¢ Supreme Court Justices: Joseph Story stamp
September 18, 1779

Birth of Joseph Story

Joseph Story was born on September 18, 1779, in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He was the youngest person ever named to the Supreme Court and has been credited with reshaping American law.

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1968 6¢ Cherokee Strip stamp
September 16, 1893

Largest Land Run in Oklahoma 

On September 16, 1893, some 100,000 people raced to claim 6 million acres of land in former Indian Territory in Oklahoma.  It was the largest land run into Oklahoma and resulted in the establishment of 40,000 homesteads. 

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2007 41¢ Jury Duty stamp
September 12, 1787

The Right to Trial by Jury

On September 12, 1787, it was proposed that trial by jury in civil cases be included America’s Constitution.  There was extensive debate over the topic, and it was ultimately left out of the Constitution.  It was finally made law as part of the Bill of Rights in 1791.

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1958 4¢ Forest Conservation stamp
September 10, 1875

The American Forestry Association

The American Forestry Association was founded on September 10, 1875, in Chicago, Illinois. It’s one of America’s oldest national conservation organizations, with a mission of “Creating Healthy and Resilient Forests, from Cities to Wilderness, that Deliver Essential Benefits for Climate, People, Water and Wildlife.”

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1974 10¢ First Continental Congress: We Ask for Peace, Liberty and Safety stamp
September 5, 1774

First Continental Congress

On September 5, 1774, the First Continental Congress opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It marked the first time the colonies gathered together to resist English oppression.

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1957 8¢ Ramon Magsaysay stamp
August 31, 1907

Birth of Ramon Magsaysay

Ramon del Fierro Magsaysay Sr. was born on August 31, 1907, in Iba, Zambales, Philippine Islands. The Philippines’ seventh president, his administration was known for being free of corruption. He was later called the Champion of the Masses and the Defender of Democracy.

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1935 3¢ Connecticut Tercentenary stamp
August 21, 1856

Connecticut’s Charter Oak

On August 21, 1856, Connecticut’s famed Charter Oak Tree was struck down in a thunderstorm. The tree had become a legend in the state’s history, reportedly hiding the colonial charter two centuries earlier.

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1978 15¢ Americana Series: Fort McHenry Flag stamp
August 11, 1939

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

On August 11, 1939, Congress established Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. The monument honors and preserves this historic fort where our national anthem was born. It’s also the only place in the National Park system to be designated a Historic Shrine.

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